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Title Railroad Safety Requirements
Status Governor Signed (05/10/2024)
Bill Subjects
  • Transportation & Motor Vehicles
House Sponsors J. Mabrey (D)
T. Mauro (D)
Senate Sponsors T. Exum Sr. (D)
L. Cutter (D)
House Committee Transportation, Housing and Local Government
Senate Committee Transportation and Energy
Date Introduced 01/10/2024

Transportation Legislation Review Committee. The bill
imposes safety requirements on railroads operating trains in the state. The
bill specifies that:
  • The length of a train must not exceed 8,500 feet;
  • With certain exceptions, railroads must operate, maintain,
and report the location of wayside detector systems. A
wayside detector is an electronic device or a series of
devices that monitors passing trains for defects.
  • A train may not obstruct a public crossing for longer than
10 minutes unless the train is continuously moving or is
prevented from moving by circumstances beyond the
railroad's control;
  • Any crew member of a train may report to the crew
member's designated union representative a safety
violation, injury, or death that occurred during the
operation of a train. After receiving a report of a violation,
a designated union representative may enter a railroad's
place of operation to investigate the report during
reasonable hours and after notifying the railroad.
  • The public utilities commission (PUC) may impose fines
for the violation of these safety requirements or for denying
a union representative's access to the railroad's place of
operation. The bill requires the PUC to develop guidelines
for determining, imposing, and appealing fines.
The bill also creates the front range passenger rail district
maintenance and safety fund (fund), which consists of money collected
as fines imposed by the PUC. The fund is continuously appropriated to
the state treasurer for the purpose of issuing warrants from the fund to the
front range passenger rail district for safety planning and development
during the research, development, and construction of a passenger rail
system; maintaining a passenger rail system; and completing capital
development projects to improve the safety of a passenger rail system.
The bill requires that on or before July 1, 2025, and at least once
every 3 years thereafter, each railroad offer training to each fire
department having jurisdiction along tracks upon which the railroad
operates in the state.
The bill requires railroads that transport hazardous material in
Colorado to maintain insurance coverage that is adequate to cover costs
and liabilities resulting from accidents. The PUC is required to
promulgate rules establishing minimum coverage amounts.

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