FRA permits simplified logs for train crews

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WASHINGTON — Certain short lines are going to get a short cut to high tech hours of service record keeping.

In a notice in the Federal Register on Wednesday, the Federal Railroad Administration announced that it will permit "smaller railroads" to use automated records to keep track of hours of service records, or a simplified computer system. Current regulations require railroads to have either sophisticated electronic or paper systems.

The railroads impacted by the change include any railroad that reported fewer than 400,000 employee hours during the three previous calendar years. The notice shows that the agency chose this definition instead of Class III railroad because it would include terminal and switching railroads whose operations are better suited to electronic record keeping.

The change is effective Aug. 29.

More information is available online. 

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