Public Utilities Commission of Ohio Rail Division Overview


Public Utilities Commission of Ohio

Rail Division Overview

Field Inspections (State Capacity)

          10 Inspectors Statewide Annual Railroad Crossing Inspections Complaint Investigations Bridge Inspections Close Clearance Permits Crossing Closures Private to Public Conversions Fatality Investigations 24 Hour Rail Incident Line Enforce title 49 of Ohio Revised Code and Ohio Administrative Code

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FRA Program (Federal Capacity)

“Apprentice” Program – On the Job Training Model 5 Discipline Specific Training Paths – Based on Experience Motive Power & Equipment Hazardous Materials Track Safety Operating Practices Signals & Train Control Issue Federal Violations with penalties ranging from $2500 to $100,000 per incident Enforce 49 CFR parts 200-299

Crossing Warning Device Upgrade Programs

Federal Program (1 staffer)    Roughly $17 million per fiscal year, Funds 100% or partial percentage of projects Federal Highway Administration => ODOT => Ohio Rail Development Commission Projects Planned in conjunction with the ORDC, based off of a PUCO-housed rankings database

Crossing Warning Device Upgrade Programs (CONT)

State Program (1 staffer)     Roughly $1.2-1.3 Million per fiscal year, Funding depends on usage Funding is received from the “Gas Tax” Signal Upgrade projects Sate Supplemental funding for small scale safety upgrades, $5,000 per crossing

Rail Division Summary

     State Inspections Federal Inspection Program Crossing Warning Upgrade Projects More Information:

24 Hour Rail Emergency Number • (614) 466-1150

PUCO Transportation Department Regulatory Carrier authority for Motor Safety  Hazardous Materials Enforcement  Motor Carrier Enforcement  Registration  Administers HM Training Grant Program

 Enforcement Division HM Section Compliance reviews of motor carriers and shippers of hazardous materials        New Entrant safety audits Audit hazardous materials permits Complaint investigations Public outreach Vehicle inspections Incident investigation HWRC RAM Inspections & escorts

Hazardous Material Hazard Classes

Enforcement Division HM Section Vehicle Inspections

Enforcement Division HM Section Incident Investigation

Enforcement Division HM Section Carrier Compliance Review inspection items:  Driver qualification file  Driver drug and alcohol testing  Driver records of duty status  Driver training records  HM employee training records  Vehicle maintenance records  Accident records  Insurance

Enforcement Division HM Section Carrier/Shipper Compliance review inspection items:      HM Shipping papers HM Security plan HM Employee training Bulk package test and maintenance records HM Packaging • I.D. marking • labels • Package specification/compatibility

Security Plan Required for  HRCQ of Radioactive Materials  Greater than 55 lbs of 1.1, 1.2 or 1.3

 Greater than 1.06 qt of PIH Zone A  HM in bulk package ≥ 3500 gallons for liquid or gas or 468 cubic feet for solids

Security Plan Required for  A shipment other than bulk package ≥ 5000 lbs of one class of HM which placard of a vehicle is required  A select agent or toxin regulated by Center for Disease Control  A quantity of HM that requires placarding

Security Plan Components  Risk assessment – site specific  Personnel security  Unauthorized access  En route security  Must be in writing  Must be reviewed and updated annually  Hazmat Employees must be trained on the Plan

PUCO Hazardous Materials Training and Planning Grant Program    Available for Training Emergency Responders Available For Training Exercises Emergency Response Subject Matter Specialists