IL lawmaker introduces railroad safety legislation

IL lawmaker introduces railroad safety legislation
The bill also authorizes the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) the ability to intervene in the enforcement of crew size.

SPRINGFIELD, IL (KFVS) - An Illinois state representative is advancing legislation to require that all freight trains be outfitted with at least two railroad engineers.

Rep. Jay Hoffman (D-Swansea) is sponsoring Senate Bill 24 in a response to lacking federal and state guidelines, according to his office.

“This bill is an effort to ensure that freight train engineers have the necessary support and flexibility they need to adapt in situations of mechanical breach or failure,” Hoffman said. “This is a huge public safety issue.”

The bill also authorizes the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) the ability to intervene in the enforcement of crew size.

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