Legislative Bill 611 calls for two person-crews on trains

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Legislative Bill 611 calls for the status quo to remain the same on two or more person train crews.

Similar bills have already been passed in numerous states, including Wyoming and Colorado. Union Pacific and other major railroads are wanting to make the change to one or no man ran trains.

Nebraska State Director of the Smart Transportation Division Bob Borgeson spoke at the Lincoln County Commissioners meeting on behalf of the bill this morning.

Borgeson said that it's safer for there to be at least two or more crew members aboard. "What they'd like to do is run trains by satellites, which they can do. But there are safety factors which are all important on it, and we don't know if we want to stop all or no people on a train."

The transportation committee will hold a hearing on the bill in Lincoln on March 5.