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.
Vehicle/Track Interaction Safety Standards; High-Speed and High Cant Deficiency Operations
AUTHOR: Federal Railroad Administration DOCKET NUMBER: 2013-0469 SUBJECT: Track/Train Interactions ABSTRACT: FRA is amending the Track
Safety Standards and Passenger
Equipment Safety Standards to promote
the safe interaction of rail vehicles with
the track over which they operate under
a variety of conditions at speeds up to
220 m.p.h. The final rule revises
standards for track geometry and safety
limits for vehicle response to track
conditions, enhances vehicle/track
qualification procedures, and adds
flexibility for permitting high cant
deficiency train operations through
curves at conventional speeds. The rule
accounts for a range of vehicle types
that are currently in operation, as well
as vehicle types that may likely be used
in future high-speed or high cant
deficiency rail operations, or both. The
rule is based on the results of simulation
studies designed to identify track
geometry irregularities associated with
unsafe wheel/rail forces and
accelerations, thorough reviews of
vehicle qualification and revenue
service test data, and consideration of