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Information and Communications Technology Survey of Class I Railroad Train, Yard, and Engine Workers

Document Series
Technical Reports
Federal Railroad Administration
Report Number
Subject Human Factors
Survey, questionnaire, needs assessment, Railroaders’ Guide to Healthy Sleep, train yard and engine, TY&E, demographics, human factors, Information and Communications Technology, ICT

This research assists the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) in its desire to improve its understanding of railroader Information and Communications Technology (ICT) access, use, confidence, and preferences to create better safety-related programs and outreach campaigns for the industry. In conjunction with labor union partners, researchers surveyed a random sample of Class I train, yard, and engine (TY&E) railroaders during the summer of 2020. Responses generalized to the population and suggest relationships between ICT study variables and various railroader demographic differences, as well as differences between groups of railroaders depending on their preferences, confidence with ICT tasks, and use of ICT devices. Results pertaining to the Railroaders’ Guide to Healthy Sleep (RGHS) website provide qualitative data for FRA to use strategically.

Last updated: Friday, January 14, 2022