Legislation & Regulations

FRA exercises its responsibilities for regulating the safety of the nation's railroad system and development of intercity passenger rail through several means, including:

  • Legislative Rules,
  • Non-legislative Rules (Interpretive Rules and Policy Statements), and
  • Management and Procedural Rules.

In this section, we provide descriptions and comprehensive, official sources for FRA's regulations (also called rules) and select 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.

Updated: October 11, 2016