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.
Safety of High-Speed Ground Guided Transportation Systems - Intrusion Barrier Design Study
AUTHOR: Federal Railroad Administration OFFICE: RPD REPORT NUMBER: DOT/FRA/ORD-95/04 SUBJECT: High-Speed Passenger Rail, Passenger Rail KEYWORDS: Safety of High-Speed Ground Guided Transportation Systems - Intrusion Barrier Design Study ABSTRACT: Intrusion hazard in shared rights-of-way is a key safety issue of High Speed Guided Ground Transportation (HSGGT) systems. Minimizing this hazard will support the feasibility of locating HSGGT systems adjacent to existing transportation facilities. The objective of this study is to evaluate the feasibility of intrusion barriers that will: 1) prevent errant railroad or highway vehicles from intruding into the operational space of an HSGGT guideway from an adjacent or overhead facility; 2) prevent a derailed HSGGT vehicle from intruding into the operational space of an adjacent railroad or highway; and 3) prevent a derailed HSGGT vehicle from falling from an elevated track or guideway. This study addresses Maglev, High Speed Rail, Conventional Railroad and Highway vehicles. Alternatives for intrusion barriers along HSGGT guideways are explored, and the feasibility and effectiveness of the various types of intrusion barriers are evaluated. An analysis method is presented and prototype designs shown which can provide a basis for future HSGGT intrusion barrier design nationwide. Eight alternative steel and concrete structural barrier designs are detailed. Barrier construction costs are estimated along with an assessment of the collision damage and repair costs Likely to be incurred by vehicles and barriers.