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.
Rail Short Haul Intermodal Case Studies: Industry Context Issues
AUTHOR: Christina Casgar, DavidDeBoer & David Parkinson OFFICE: RPD SUBJECT: Best Practices KEYWORDS: Rail Short Haul Intermodal Case Studies: Industry Context Issues ABSTRACT: The objective of this report is to provide an industry context for public officials who are interested in rail short haul
intermodal corridors and to offer a template for analyzing related costs and benefits. Public agency analysis and investment
in short haul corridors present a fundamentally new sort of challenge for public sector transportation planners. Therefore
the background material and the case studies open the door to a number of short haul intermodal issues, which are subject
to an increasing level of state and local attention. Not only are rail intermodal issues producing state and local impacts but
state and local responses will produce impacts on the nation’s future freight capacity. Four major themes are developed in