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.
SPEAKER: Karen Hedlund SPEAKER'S TITLE: Deputy Administrator AUDIENCE: House T&I Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials SUBJECT: High-Speed Passenger Rail ABSTRACT: Chairman Denham, Ranking Member Brown and members of the Committee: It is my honor to represent President Obama and Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx before you today to discuss the California high-speed rail project. This testimony will explain why we believe high-speed rail is a critical component of the transportation network in both the United States and the State of California, provide an update on recent events and those aspects of the project that my agency is carefully assessing as we move forward, and conclude with a description of next steps.