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.
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) proposes to develop Florida High Speed Rail (FHSR) in the Tampa – Orlando – Miami corridor. This first phase FHSR Project would complete the section between Tampa and Orlando.
The Notice of Availability Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for this project was published on September 5, 2003. Public hearings on the DEIS were held October 7, 8 and 9, 2003 in the project area. The comment period on the DEIS ended on October 20, 2003.
The FRA released the Final EIS for the Tampa to Orlando High Speed Rail project in July 2005, and the Notice of Availability was published by U.S. EPA in the Federal Register on August 5, 2005.
The FRA completed the Final Environmental Impact Statement Reevaluation and a Record of Decision/Section 4(f) Determination (ROD) in May 2010.
Reevaluation of the FEIS
Reevaluation Appendix A – Tech Memo
Reevaluation Appendix B – Concept Plans
Reevaluation Appendix C – Technical Analysis Memoranda
Reevaluation Appendix D – Supporting Memoranda
Reevaluation Appendix E – Public Involvement
Download the Final EIS