The COVID-19 virus pandemic has caused an unprecedented experience for our industry, and the communities we serve.

ASLRRA is working hard on our members’ behalf in a number of areas, and we will be providing updates as needed via this page. Association staff members are available to assist members with any question as the industry navigates this difficult period. Although ALRRA’s offices are closed through April 24, 2020 per DC Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Order 2020-053, our staff is working from home and available for you. 

Recorded Webinars Available Outlining the Impact of COVID-19 Legislation on Small Businesses & Railroads

ASLRRA is conducting a series of webinars to help members understand how the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) legislation impacts small railroads and industry suppliers. Recorded webinars are available in ASLRRA’s On-Demand Webinars Library. Register for upcoming webinars using the link below.

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FRA Grants Temporary Regulatory Relief for US Railroads

The FRA has made temporary regulatory relief available to all U.S. railroads through May 24, 2020, encompassing certain requirements of 49 CFR Parts 213, 214, 217, 218, 219, 220, 228, 229, 232, 234, 236, 239, 240, 242 and 243. See the FRA Section under "Regulatory Response" for requirements for the exemption process.

On April 3, 2020 ASLRRA filed an additional request. Under the requested waiver, the railroads seek to evaluate the performance of engineer recertification candidates remotely, utilizing available electronic information sources, specifically locomotive event recorders. The skills testing requirements of § 240.127 make social distancing virtually impossible. This request is pending.

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).

As essential workers, the freight rail industry is not affected by the DHS’s announcement on border crossing restrictions between the US and Canada.



Regulatory Response        Legislative Response        State-by-State Response


 

Linked here are some additional thoughts and suggestions that may help to minimize disruptions to your ongoing operations, which we have gathered from conversations with dozens of railroads over the past few days.