Gov. Laura Kelly's transportation secretary nominee on Wednesday defended a proposal requiring railroads operating in Kansas to have at least two crew members in the cab of the lead locomotive.
Calvin Reed told the Senate Oversight Confirmation Committee that the rule was intended to provide a minimum safety standard for the railroads, noting there was nothing that kept them from operating trains autonomously.
"This a public safety issue," Reed told the committee, which sent his nomination to the full Senate for approval.
"I think there is a real question out there about what we are willing to live with . . .