Railroad Workers are Critical Infrastructure Workers per CISA
Freight railroad workers, including those that support maintenance of rail and transportation infrastructure, have been designated as “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers” to our country during this crisis by the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and on April 17, 2020 advisory guidance on defining essential critical infrastructure workers was issued. The CDC has issued updated guidance on implementing safety practices for employees who have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 for critical infrastructure workers, such as railroaders.
As essential workers, the freight rail industry is not affected by the DHS’s announcement on border crossing restrictions between the US and Canada.
FRA Grants Temporary Regulatory Relief for US Railroads
The FRA has responded to ASLRRA’s request to extend certain temporary waivers through September 18, 2020. Weekly reporting of waivers utilized is still required with the same waiver-specific reporting requirements.
For a listing of waivers no longer in effect, click here. ASLRRA has provided an updated summary here.
COVID Relief Laws
State-by-State Response Small Business Resources
Reopening Resources Short Line Response