Confidential Close Call Reporting System
C3RS — Identifying Safety Risks in Railroad Operations
A 1997 NTSB
report of the 1996 collision and derailment of MARC Train 286 and Amtrak Train 29 near Silver Spring, Maryland, cited several close calls preceding the crash.
Railroads can reduce risks before an accident by studying close calls.
An April 2012 FRA report shows a 31% improvement in cars moved between incidents at one site after C3RS implementation.
Close Calls Demonstration Project
A voluntary, confidential demonstration program:
- Accepts close call reports online (CP, UP, and NJT, Amtrak) 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
- Currently four operational demonstration sites; first site on-line in 2007.
Who is Involved in C3RS?
- Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) — sponsors and oversees the demonstration program
- Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) — independent third party; manages demonstration implementation and protect data confidentiality (CP, UP, NJT only)
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) — independent third party; manages demonstration implementation and protect data confidentiality (Amtrak only)
- U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Volpe Center — independent third party; manages demonstration implementation and protect data confidentiality
- Railroad carriers — implements the reporting system
- Carrier employees — reports close calls
- Labor organizations — represents employees reporting close calls
- United Transportation Union (UTU)
- Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET)
- American Train Dispatchers Association (ATDA)
- Peer Review Team (PRT) — stakeholder representatives: oversees corrective action
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