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.
Compilation of State Laws and Regulations Affecting Highway-Rail Grade Crossings 5th Edition
AUTHOR: Office of Railroad Safety OFFICE: RRS REPORT NUMBER: SUBJECT: Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Warning Systems, Highway-Rail Grade Crossings, Trespasser Programs KEYWORDS: crossing consolidation; crossing closure; warning devices; passive; active; driver; trespassing; vandalism ABSTRACT: This Compilation of State Laws and Regulations on Matters Affecting Highway-Rail
Crossings, Fifth Edition is intended to provide an up-to-date and more expansive look at the
various state laws and regulations concerning every aspect of the regulation of highway-rail
grade crossings, and driver behavior at those crossings. Compiled here are all of the laws and
regulations of the 50 states and the District of Columbia into one comprehensive, easy-to-use
document. It is intended to provide a one-stop reference for researchers, engineers, students,
legal practitioners, and those individuals who make their living working in the field of
highway-rail grade crossing safety. The reader will find this Fifth Edition useful when
assessing differences and similarities in the laws among states, seeking distinctions between
desirable and undesirable laws, and when conducting legal research.
The source material collected for this book was obtained from individual state
legislative Web sites which contain the laws and regulations published by each state and the
District of Columbia. The style of legal citation used in this Fifth Edition is obtained from The
Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, Seventeenth Edition, Cambridge, Mass. (Harvard
Law Review Association, 2000.)