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mojo628
11-12-2003, 04:09 AM
The following is a proposal from the FRA.

[Federal Register: November 6, 2003
[Proposed Rules]
Department of Transportation
Federal Railroad Administration

49 CFR Part 224

Reflectorization of Rail Freight Rolling Stock; Proposed Rule


DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Federal Railroad Administration

49 CFR Part 224

[Docket No. FRA-1999-6689, Notice No. 3]
RIN 2130-AB41

Reflectorization of Rail Freight Rolling Stock

AGENCY: Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), Department of
Transportation (DOT).

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking.

SUMMARY: FRA is proposing to require retroreflective material on the
sides of freight rolling stock (freight cars and locomotives) to
enhance the visibility of trains in order to reduce the number of
accidents at highway-rail grade crossings in which train visibility is
a contributing factor. This document proposes a rule establishing a
schedule for the application of retroreflective material and
prescribing standards for the application, inspection, and maintenance
of the material.

DATES: Written Comments: Comments must be received by March 5, 2004.
Comments received after that date will be considered to the extent
possible without incurring additional expense or delay.

Public Hearing: FRA is planning to conduct a public hearing in
Washington, DC, on Tuesday, January 27, 2004, at 9:30 a.m., in order to

provide all interested parties the opportunity to comment on the
provisions contained in this notice. Any person wishing to participate
in the public hearing should notify the Docket Clerk by telephone (202-
493-6030) or by mail at the address provided below at least five
working days prior to the date of the hearing. The notification should
identify the party the person represents, and the particular subject(s)

the person plans to address. FRA reserves the right to limit
participation in the hearing of persons who fail to provide such
notification.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by DOT DMS Docket Number
FRA-1999-6689 by any of the following methods:
[sbull] Web site: http://dms.dot.gov. Follow the instructions for
submitted comments on the DOT electronic docket site.
[sbull] Fax: 1-202-493-2251.
[sbull] Mail: Docket Management Facility; U.S. Department of
Transportation, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Nassif Building, Room PL-401,
Washington, DC 20590-001.
[sbull] Hand Delivery: Room PL-401 on the plaza level of the Nassif

Building, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5

p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays.
[sbull] Federal e-Rulemaking Portal: Go to
http://www.regulations.gov.
Follow the online instructions for submitting
comments.

Instructions: All submissions must include the agency name and
docket name and docket number or Regulatory Identification Number (RIN)

for this rulemaking. For detailed instructions on submitting comments
and additional information on the rulemaking process, see the Public
Participation heading of the Supplementary Information section of this
document. Note that all comments received will be posted without change

to http://dms.dot.gov, including any personal information provided.
Please see the Privacy Act heading under Regulatory Notices.

Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or
comments received, go to http://dms.dot.gov at any time or to Room PL-
401 on the plaza level of the Nassif Building, 400 Seventh Street, SW.,

Washington, DC, between 9 am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday, except
Federal Holidays.

Public Hearing: The public hearing will be held at the Washington
Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle, NW., Massachusetts Avenue at Fourteenth
Street, Washington, DC 20005 (202-842-1300). Written notification of a
party's intended participation should identify the docket number and
must be submitted to Ms. Ivornette Lynch, Docket Clerk, Office of Chief

Counsel, Federal Railroad Administration, RCC-10, 1120 Vermont Ave.,
NW., Stop 10, Washington, DC 20590.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Tom Blankenship, Mechanical
Engineer, Office of Safety, FRA, 1120 Vermont Ave., NW., Mailstop 25,
Washington, DC 20590 (telephone: 202-493-6446); Mary Plache, Industry
Economist, Office of Safety, FRA, 1120 Vermont Ave., NW., Mailstop
21.1, Washington, DC 20590 (telephone: 202-493-6297); or Lucinda
Henriksen, Trial Attorney, Office of Chief Counsel, FRA, 1120 Vermont
Ave., NW., Mailstop 10, Washington, DC 20590 (telephone: 202-493-6038).

E.M. Bell
11-12-2003, 04:08 PM
This is a good idea I think. If you look at statitstics, you will see the over half of grade crossing incidents in the US and canada are situations where the vehichle will strike the side of the train, usually waaaaayyyy back in the consist, and at crossings that are only protected by cross bucks.. Heck, the last crossing accident I had, a tractor trailor hit the side of my train, in broad day light at a crossing protected by flashers :lol:

A lot of RR;s. as well as private equipment owners, leassors, are already applying scotch light and other such material to the sides of cars and locomotives... heck, try to find a auto rack or double stack car that doesnt have it....unless covered by "urban art"

oltmannd
11-12-2003, 05:15 PM
This is a good idea I think. If you look at statitstics, you will see the over half of grade crossing incidents in the US and canada are situations where the vehichle will strike the side of the train, usually waaaaayyyy back in the consist, and at crossings that are only protected by cross bucks.. Heck, the last crossing accident I had, a tractor trailor hit the side of my train, in broad day light at a crossing protected by flashers :lol:

A lot of RR;s. as well as private equipment owners, leassors, are already applying scotch light and other such material to the sides of cars and locomotives... heck, try to find a auto rack or double stack car that doesnt have it....unless covered by "urban art"

The fear was always that there would be a requirement to keep the scotchlite clean....or at least that's how the lawyers would spin it. Can you imagine car inspectors having to wipe all the reflectors clean prior to each trip? Or, having to remove "art" from any covered over prior to each trip?

-Don

busyEMT
11-12-2003, 05:36 PM
Oltmannd is right. While I cannot (and won't) argue kd4jsl's point, there is a precident waiting to be set against the railroads.

Personal responsibility is waning in the US. Because some inattentive drivers crash their car into the 90th box car of a train, should the railroads burden the cost? And really, what will strips of reflective material add to flashers, crossing arms and RR Xing signs and headlights?

iCe
11-12-2003, 10:22 PM
I think people just need to pay more attentiong when driving! Period. No cellphones, no headphones, no drinking. I'm sure if they focused on the road, they would not miss the train!

billdaniels
11-14-2003, 01:56 AM
Putting reflectors on a railcar is like putting a "do not use in the shower" warning label on a hair dryer. If you don't know a train is going by than maybe,just maybe you should NOT be driving.
Just a point to ponder " Does the human race really need 'THAT' genetic material in the pool?" :wink: :wink: