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Risk Reduction Program Regulation Status 

The Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 requires FRA to develop a regulation requiring certain railroads to develop and implement a Risk Reduction Program (RRP).  As a result, FRA published an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on December 8, 2010.  To receive verbal testimony, FRA conducted public hearings in July, 2011 in Chicago, IL and in Washington, DC.  After the public hearings, FRA determined it needed the expertise of all stakeholders to develop a meaningful and effective regulation, and therefore proposed that the Rail Safety Advisory Committee (RSAC) help develop the regulation.  RSAC accepted the task on December 8, 2011, and commissioned a Risk Reduction Working Group.  The working group reached consensus on the features of the RRP for the industry and FRA’s goal is to publish a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking by the end of 2012.

A Risk Reduction Program by statute must include a Fatigue Management Plan. A RSAC working group was formed on December 8, 2011 to provide advice regarding development of Fatigue Management Plans.  The Fatigue Working Group will report recommendations to the full RSAC not later than February 2013.

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