I agree Richard. I live on the T&P in TX and the line is very busy. It has been upgraded with new rail, longer sidings and new signaling. I believe a lot of the traffic through here is off the Sunset line and we also see a lot of NS handoff trains from the east. The UP will really be able to rock when they get the rest of the Sunset DT west of El Paso. It is good to see the UP finally reach its potential.
I believe a few years ago the FRA implemented 'personal' fines for individuals committing willful and flagrant violations. Not sure if they have actually made any of these fines stick, but I think they are taken more seriously than they once were.