49 U.S.C. § 20102 - Definitions
|Cite as:||49 U.S.C. § 20102|
|Currency:||Current through P.L. 116-65 (10/09/2019)|
In this part-
(1) "Class I railroad", "Class II railroad", and "Class III railroad" mean railroad carriers that have annual carrier operating revenues that meet the threshold amount for Class I carriers, Class II carriers, and Class III carriers, respectively, as determined by the Surface Transportation Board under section 1201.1-1 of title 49, Code of Federal Regulations.
(A) means any form of nonhighway ground transportation that runs on rails or electromagnetic guideways, including-
(i) commuter or other short-haul railroad passenger service in a metropolitan or suburban area and commuter railroad service that was operated by the Consolidated Rail Corporation on January 1, 1979; and
(ii) high speed ground transportation systems that connect metropolitan areas, without regard to whether those systems use new technologies not associated with traditional railroads; but
(B) does not include rapid transit operations in an urban area that are not connected to the general railroad system of transportation.
(3) "railroad carrier" means a person providing railroad transportation, except that, upon petition by a group of commonly controlled railroad carriers that the Secretary determines is operating within the United States as a single, integrated rail system, the Secretary may by order treat the group of railroad carriers as a single railroad carrier for purposes of one or more provisions of part A, subtitle V of this title and implementing regulations and order, subject to any appropriate conditions that the Secretary may impose.
(4) "safety-related railroad employee" means-
(A) a railroad employee who is subject to chapter 211;
(B) another operating railroad employee who is not subject to chapter 211;
(C) an employee who maintains the right of way of a railroad;
(D) an employee of a railroad carrier who is a hazmat employee as defined in section 5102(3) of this title;
(E) an employee who inspects, repairs, or maintains locomotives, passenger cars, or freight cars; and
(F) any other employee of a railroad carrier who directly affects railroad safety, as determined by the Secretary.
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