August 24, 2020: Petition for Waiver of Compliance

BNSF Railway Company has petitioned FRA for a waiver of compliance regarding 49 CFR 218.25, Workers on a Main Track, for workers engaged in fueling, performing locomotive daily inspections, and other routine operations on head-end locomotives at fuel pads situated on main lines.
BNSF stated the blue signal protection would still be required at the end of a train while fueling, performing daily inspections, and while work was being performed on locomotives in the distributed power remote consist.  Additionally, protection at the rear of the train will be supplied by railroad signals. BNSF believes this will be sufficient, as there will be no railroad employees performing any inspections on the rolling equipment beyond the lead locomotive consist to the rear of the train. Interested parties may submit comments until October 5, 202o. All comments must include the docket number.

Docket Number FRA–2020–0065