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Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen
Illinois State Legislative Board

Labor Rail unions petition FRA for uniform speed signs




The SMART Transportation Division and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen have submitted a petition to the Federal Railroad Administration for a rulemaking that mandates uniform warning speed signs in advance of a permanent speed restriction, union officials announced yesterday.

Some railroads have started removing these signs, which creates a hazard for operating crews and the public, according to the petition.

“Just as it is unreasonable for a motorist to know each speed restriction without a warning, the same is true for railroad crews,” the unions wrote in the petition. “Unlike automobile travel, where speeds can be reduced promptly, trains are unable to comply with a speed restriction without prior knowledge.”

The unions also asked for the standardization of the signs’ dimensions, conspicuousness and color.

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