HBA-MSH C.S.H.B. 2606 77(R)BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisC.S.H.B. 2606 By: Alexander Transportation 4/23/2001 Committee Report (Substituted) BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Current law requires a full crew consisting of a specified number of persons for passenger, freight, gravel, or construction trains and light engines. In some cases, these crew limits are impractical or burdensome. C.S.H.B. 2606 reduces the minimum crew size for certain trains. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that this bill does not expressly delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. ANALYSIS C.S.H.B. 2606 amends law to modify the minimum required crew for a freight train, gravel train, mixed train, work train, construction train (train), or light engine to run outside yard limits to provide that a full crew consists of two rather than five persons, including a conductor and an engineer. The bill specifies that the prohibition against running of a train or light engine without a full work crew does not prohibit a railroad company or a receiver of a railroad company from operating a train or light engine with a crew of persons greater than the prescribed number. The bill requires the control locomotive of a train to be operated by an engineer at any time the locomotive is in motion. The bill authorizes the engineer of a train to dismount the train to perform necessary job duties, including rail switching activities. The bill exempts from the full crew requirements any railroad company of any line of railroad in this state less than 40 rather than 20 miles in length. The bill excludes from the definition of "road" a designated service or repair track where the service or repair track is protected by switch locks, blue flags, derails, and is not a main track. EFFECTIVE DATE September 1, 2001. COMPARISON OF ORIGINAL TO SUBSTITUTE C.S.H.B. 2606 differs from the original by restoring the current law exemption from full crew requirements for any railroad company of a short railroad line, when a crew member becomes disabled on the road between division terminals, and switching crews in charge of yard engines. The substitute also increases the maximum length of railroad line that is exempt from full crew requirements from 20 miles to 40 miles in length.