The SMART Transportation Division and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen have submitted a petition to the Federal Railroad Administration for a rulemaking that mandates uniform warning speed signs in advance of a permanent speed restriction, union officials announced yesterday.
Some railroads have started removing these signs, which creates a hazard for operating crews and the public, according to the petition.
"Just as it is unreasonable for a motorist to know each speed restriction without a warning, the same is true for railroad crews," the unions wrote in the petition. "Unlike automobile travel, where speeds can be reduced promptly, trains are unable to comply with a speed restriction without prior knowledge."
The unions also asked for the standardization of the signs' dimensions, conspicuousness and color.