FRA Extends Rule Waivers for 60 Days

The Federal Railroad Administration this week extended for another 60 days a series of temporary waivers of certain safety regulations for freight and passenger railroads.

The waivers were issued to provide “emergency relief” with certain exceptions to rail operators during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The initial waivers were issued by the FRA on March 25 and had been set to expire on May 24, 29 and June 9.

Two railroad labor unions, the SMART Transportation Division and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen had opposed the extensions.

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