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Cognitive and Collaborative Demands of Freight Conductor Activities: Results and Implications of a Cognitive Task Analysis
Keywords: Cognitive task analysis, CTA, freight rail, freight conductor, conductor training, Rail Safety Improvement Act, RSIA, positive train control, PTC, conductor certification
Abstract: This report presents the results of a cognitive task analysis (CTA) that examined the cognitive and collaborative demands placed on conductors, as well as the knowledge and skills...
Keywords: Crew resource management, CRM, railroad safety, situational awareness, organizational culture, teams, teaming, crew, training methods
Abstract: Crew Resource Management (CRM) is a human factors training process that has been employed in the commercial aviation industry for over 25 years. During that time period, CRM has...
The Impact of Safety Rules Revisions on Safety Culture, Incident Rates, and Liability Claims in the U.S. Railroad Industry
Keywords: Railroad safety culture, safety rules revision, safety rules consolidation, compliance, FELA, Federal Employer’s Liability Act, incident rates, liability claims, lessons-learned
Keywords: Railroad Cost Conditions: Implications for Policy
Abstract: Several recent trends in regulatory policy and in the structure of the railroad industry have drawn a renewed interest in railroad regulation. These trends have included: (1)...
Keywords: Grain Railroad Marketing, Efficiency Analysis, Rail Operations
Abstract: The Staggers Act of 1980 legalized confidential rail/shipper transportation contracts. Their acceptance by railroads and shippers is best demonstrated by the exponential growth of...