DG Digest: The FRA Extends Comment Period That Would Impose New Certification Requirements.

The FRA extended the comment period for its proposed rules affecting dispatcher and signal service worker training certifications. Union Pacific train ISEMN powers through Auburn, Washington on Thursday, August 24th, 2023. Nikki Burgess photo © 8/2023; all rights reserved.

We head into the final week of August with high heat persisting in many areas of the country. Although the autumn might be just around the corner, now’s no time to let up on our precautions against heat related illness and injury. Let’s remain vigilant and help protect our co-workers until things start to cool down! Here’s the latest regulatory news from what was a very quiet week:


The agency is extending the comment period regarding its NPRM’s that would impose new certification requirements on train dispatchers and signal service employees. The agency states that such certifications would help improve overall safety of railroad operations. The revised comment date deadlines are now in mid-September. Find details at the two links below:

2023-18033.pdf (govinfo.gov)

2023-18034.pdf (govinfo.gov)  

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