Railroads Want W.Va. Taxi Law Modified

Railroaders and their employers are taking aim at a West Virginia law that mandates that  only taxi companies regulated by the state’s Public Service Commission may haul train crews.

West VirginiaCSX, Norfolk Southern and railroad labor unions want the state to allow contractors to do the work of moving crews when they are deadheading.

CSX vice president Randy Cheetham told a state legislative committee that railroad crews have safety concerns due to the condition of the taxis and noted that the Mountain State is the only one of 23 served by CSX that does not allow the railroad to contract with companies to provide transportation for its employees.

The legislation that the railroads and union are supporting was passed out of the Senate Transportation Committee this week.

Cheetham said that his company’s contract carriers have newer and safer vehicles.

But a Charleston taxi company, C&H Taxi, said that although transporting railroad crews is just one part of its business, it is the primary revenue for some smaller companies that would lose money if the bill is approved.

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