The U.S. Department of Transportation is adopting regulations by the Federal Railroad Administration that legalizes the number of consecutive hours passenger railroad employees can work in an effort to diminish risk, improve safety, and differentiate between freight and passenger services.

The final rule applies “fatigue science” to work schedules to regulate maximum on-duty periods as well as minimum off-duty periods. The DOT is attempting to bring scientific data into work scheduling, with the FRA rule being the first of its kind to be completed.

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