Confidential Close Call Reporting System

C3RS — Identifying Safety Risks in Railroad Operations

An April 2012 FRA report shows a 31% improvement in cars moved between incidents at one site after C3RS implementation.
C3RS Home > C3RS Program
C3RS is only accepting close call reports from:

New Jersey Transit
Strasburg Rail Road

C3RS Program

A voluntary, confidential program:

  • Accepts close call reports online (NJT, Amtrak and Strasburg Rail Road) or by mail
  • Stores confidential data
  • Analyzes close calls
  • Distributes de-identified reports on safety trends and corrective actions to participating organizations and FRA
  • Tracks carrier reports on corrective actions to measure system impact on safety
  • Evaluates and identifies ways to improve reporting system effectiveness
  • Sponsored by the FRA
  • Original demonstration project began in 2007; currently three operational sites
  • Long Island Railroad, Metro North, and MBTA/Keolis have IMOUs in development
  • Accepting new sites

Who is Involved in C3RS?

  • Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) — sponsors and oversees the program
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) — independent third party; manages reporting process and protects data confidentiality
  • U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Volpe Center — independent third party; works with FRA to support implementation
  • Railroad carriers — implements the reporting system
  • Carrier employees — reports close calls
  • Labor organizations — represents employees reporting close calls
    • American Railway and Airway Supervisors Association (ARASA)
    • American Train Dispatchers Association (ATDA)
    • Brotherhood Railway Carmen Division of TCU (BRC/TCU)
    • Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET)
    • International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW)
    • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
    • National Conference of Firemen & Oilers (NCFO)
    • Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Union (SMART-SM)
    • Transportation Communications Union (TCU)
    • United Transportation Union (UTU)
  • Peer Review Team (PRT) — made up of carrier management, local union, and FRA representatives to analyze close calls and recommend corrective action

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