NS To Use New Software for Crew Scheduling

Norfolk Southern said it is joining with software company PS Technology to develop a new train crew management and payroll system.

In a news release, NS said the goal of the automated system is to improve efficiency, costs and productivity.

“Incorporating PS Technology’s CrewPro software with our operating and data platforms will save costs and streamline Norfolk Southern’s train crew management and payroll processes,” said Fred Ehlers, NS vice president information technology.

Ehlers said that once the system is deployed it will expand the railroad’s digital capabilities to enhance interactions with train crews.

CrewPro will optimize train crew assignments by factoring in an employee’s work schedules and geographical operating credentials, federal regulations and labor contract rules, Ehlers said.

“In effect, the software analyzes data to come up with the best, most efficient match of crew and train,” he said.

The software also will manage payroll, taxi and lodging services, and vacation scheduling for 11,700 NS transportation employees in train and engine service.

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