The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) was created by the Department ofTransportation Act of 1966. It is one of ten agencies within the U.S. Department ofTransportation concerned with intermodal transportation. FRA promotes safe,environmentally sound, successful railroad transportation to meet the needs of all customers today and tomorrow.
FRA's Office of Railroad Safety promotes and regulates safety throughout the Nation's railroad industry. The office executes its regulatory and inspection responsibilities through a diverse staff of railroad safety experts.
The Federal Railroad Administration is responsible for working with stakeholders to develop cohesive goals and policies for maintaining and improving the U.S. freight and passenger rail networks. This section covers various efforts across America and the world in helping to deliver safe, reliable, and efficient rail transportation.
FRA Research & Development (R&D) projects contribute to the FRA's safety regulatory processes, to railroad suppliers, to railroads involved in the transportation of freight, intercity passengers, commuters, and to railroad employees and their labor organizations.
In this section, we provide descriptions and comprehensive, official sources for FRA's regulations (also called rules), selected legislation, as well as policy and guidance documents. Additionally, you will find current topics of high interest or significant impact to Congress, railroads, employees, labor, public interest groups and other stakeholders.
FRA supports passenger and freight railroading through a variety of competitive grant, dedicated grant, and loan programs to develop safety improvements, relieve congestion, and encourage the expansion and upgrade of passenger and freight rail infrastructure and services. FRA also provides training and technical assistance to grantees and stakeholders.
The FRA eLibrary contains all the documents that are found throughout the FRA Public Website. Multiple pages on the website may link to the same eLibrary item based on its set of metadata.
In October 2010, the FRA selected WSDOT to receive federal grant funds from the HSIPR Program to complete the Tukwila Rail Station Project (Project). The Project consists of two general activities: 1) the construction of a new, permanent train station at Tukwila, WA that will be used by Amtrak Cascades intercity passenger trains and Sound Transit (ST) commuter trains (Sounder); and 2) the placement of a real-time passenger information system at Sea-Tac Airport displaying train arrivals and departures for Amtrak Cascades trains as well as providing information to passengers on how to use ground transportation to reach Tukwila Station.
In January 2009, FTA completed an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Project for which the FRA was a Cooperating Agency. The potential impacts of the FRA Project are fully covered and analyzed in the FTA EA/FONSI and 2011 Reevaluation.
FRA issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) on September 30, 2011 based on the FTA EA/FONSI and Reevaluation.