System Safety Program
DOCKET NUMBER: FRA-2011-0060, Notice No. 3
SUBJECT: Passenger Rail
KEYWORDS: safety, commuter rail, passenger rail, System Safety Program,
ABSTRACT: FRA is issuing this final rule to mandate that commuter and intercity passenger railroads develop and implement a system safety program (SSP) to improve the safety of their operations. A SSP is a structured program with proactive processes and procedures, developed and implemented by commuter and intercity passenger railroads to identify and mitigate or eliminate hazards and the resulting risks on each railroad's system. A railroad has the flexibility to tailor a SSP to its specific operations. A SSP will be implemented after receiving approval by FRA of a submitted SSP plan. FRA will audit a railroad's compliance with its SSP.
The version of the final rule being posted to FRA’s website is not intended to constitute the official version of the final rule. The official version of the final rule will be the version published in the Federal Register in the near future and may appear slightly different than this website posting due to Federal Register formatting requirements. Any effective dates or other dates for submission of petitions for reconsideration or other compliance will be based on the date the official version is published in the Federal Register.