In August 2017, the U.S. Department of Transportation withdrew a proposal that would have made it a rule for all train operators to undergo sleep apnea testing. Most people in Connecticut, as elsewhere in the U.S., are probably aware that railway accidents have been on the rise lately, so the DoT's decision seems to be an inexplicable one.
Senator Chuck Schumer recently expressed concern over the decision and has urged the federal government to reconsider its position. This comes after investigations of several train crashes revealed that the engineers were suffering from sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is a common condition and can prevent one from getting continuous sleep; this means more workers have to constantly fight off drowsiness.