FRA Administrator Gil Carmichael issues Emergency Order 15 that pre-empts 1984 Florida statute permitting local whistle bans at highway-rail grade crossings along the Florida East Coast (FEC) Railway between Jacksonville to Miami.
Original statutory mandate enacted by Congress (Federal Railroad Safety Authorization Act of 1994) requiring the Secretary of Transportation to issue regulations requiring the sounding of locomotive horns at all public highway-rail grade crossings, and to provide exceptions under specific conditions and circumstances.
FRA completes and issues Nationwide Study of Train Whistle Bans
Initial public outreach to affected communities begins
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act amends original statutory mandate, requiring FRA to take into consideration the interests of communities with longstanding whistle bans.
Deadline for issuing a Final rule is missed because of expanded public outreach required by previous legislative action, and preparation of Draft Environmental Impact Statement [DEIS]).
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) and DEIS is issued. FRA conducts extensive stakeholder briefings and outreach.
NPRM is published in the Federal Register.
FRA conducts twelve public hearings in nine states across the country from
March 6, through May 3, 2000
FRA conducts technical conference on train horn acoustics
NPRM Comment period concludes (totals 133 days)
Deputy Administrator Jack Wells testified before Surface Transportation Subcommittee of House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee (T&I), the first dedicated congressional hearing ever on this topic.
Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act requires FRA to delay of issuance of a Final Rule until after July 1, 2001
IFR published in the Federal Register; effective date of Dec. 18, 2004
FRA conducts public hearing on IFR.
IFR Public comment period scheduled to close, but extended at the request ofvarious stakeholders seeking additional time to prepare and submit comments.
Extended IFR comment period concludes.
IFR effective date changed to April 1, 2005
IFR effective date changed to June 24, 2005.
Final Rule on display at the Federal Register.
Final Rule published in the Federal Register.
Final Rule goes into effect.