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Md. Senate OKs Bill for 2-Person Crews on Freight Trains

Senators voted 32-14 for the measure Monday night. It now goes to the House.

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    ELMHURST, IL - JUNE 16: A Union Pacific freight train passes over a grade crossing beyond flashing lights on a safety gate June 16, 2006 in Elmhurst, Illinois. The Federal Railroad Administrator (FRA) in a recently issued report says for the safety of rail passengers and motorists, they support the extended use of emergency tool-free phone numbers, used to report problems with railroad crossing warning equipment and other emergencies, posted at railroad grade crossings. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

    The Maryland Senate has voted to require a crew of at least two people on freight trains in the state.

    Senators voted 32-14 for the measure Monday night. It now goes to the House.

    The vote came on the same day federal regulators proposed rules requiring trains to have a minimum of two crew members.

    Republican Sen. Stephen Hershey says the action at the federal level makes the Maryland measure unnecessary. He asked to delay the vote to allow more time to see what the proposed federal rules look like.

    But Sen. Brian Feldman, a Montgomery County Democrat, says it's unclear when the federal government may enact the rules or how they could be changed. Feldman says Maryland shouldn't "play public-safety Russian roulette'' waiting on the federal government.