Whistleblower Law: Rail and Transit

Whistleblowers help to ensure the safety of our complex transportation system 

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, over 300 million people use our Nation’s transportation system every day.[1] In 2013, there were just over 33 thousand passenger fatalities and over 2.3 million injuries recorded for all modes of transportation. [2]

Due to the importance of travel and transportation, Congress has enacted several laws intended to protect employees who report known or suspected violations of safety and/or security standards. Although there may be overlap in some circumstances, each law focuses solely on the type of transportation it covers and specifies the types of employee activities that may be protected. Click below for a legal overview of the coverage and remedies provided under each federal whistleblower law.

 Read a legal overview of protections for transit whistleblowers.


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If you have been subjected to retaliation for disclosing or stating your intention to disclose information that you believe may reveal violations of public transit laws or regulations, contact us for a free assessment of your case.

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[1] See, U.S. Department of Transportation, Passenger Travel Facts & Figures 2015, available at: http://www.rita.dot.gov/bts/publications/passenger_travel_2015/chapter1 (last viewed 9/25/2015).

[2] Id., available at: http://www.rita.dot.gov/bts/publications/passenger_travel_2015/chapter5/table5_1 and http://www.rita.dot.gov/bts/publications/passenger_travel_2015/chapter5/table5_2 (last viewed 9/25/2015).

[3] Source: OSHA Fact Sheet available at: https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA-factsheet-whistleblower-trans-agencies.pdf (last viewed 9/25/2015).

[4] Source: OSHA Fact Sheet available at: https://www.osha.gov/OshDoc/data_General_Facts/factsheet-whistleblower-aviation-industry.pdf (last viewed 9/25/2015).

[5] Source: OSHA Fact Sheet available at: https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA-factsheet-whistleblower-railroad.pdf (last viewed 9/25/2015).

[6] Source: OSHA Fact Sheet available at: https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA-factsheet-whistleblower-trucking.pdf (last viewed 9/25/2015).

[7] Source: OSHA Fact Sheet available at https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3716.pdf (last viewed 9/25/2015).

[8] 49 U.S.C. § 60129(a).

[9] Source: OSHA Fact Sheet available at: https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3762.pdf (last viewed 9/25/2015).