Norfolk Southern Campaigned Against Buttigieg’s Stricter Train Proposal

In November and December, representatives from Norfolk Southern, the corporation responsible for the tragic train crash in East Palestine, Ohio, met with government representatives to voice their opposition to a proposed regulation meant to assist during rail emergencies. According to a memo by The Washington Post, the attendees of the first meeting included Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. According to the paper, the new rule would “require trains to generally have two crew members,” but Norfolk Southern and other industry stakeholders claimed it would drive up labor expenses. The Lever, a news source, has also covered the train industry’s efforts to reduce regulation.