FRA Cuts Paperwork for Small Railroads

The Federal Railroad Administration will allow some smaller railroads and their contractors to use automated systems instead of paper records to comply with federal employee hours-of-service record-keeping requirements.

The rule change was published in the Federal Register and does not require eligible short lines and other railroads to use automated systems.

“This rule allows a railroad with less than 400,000 employee-hours annually (an eligible smaller railroad), and contractors and subcontractors that provide covered service employees to that railroad, to have employees electronically sign the automated records of their hours of duty to store the records in the railroad’s computer system,” the rule states. “Thus, this rule eliminates the requirement to print and sign the record.”

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