Final Rule

Passenger Train Emergency Systems; Emergency Communication, Emergency Egress, and Rescue Access

  • 01
  • Feb
  • 2008
DOCKET NUMBER: 2006-25273
SUBJECT: Passenger Rail
KEYWORDS: Emergency Exits, Windows, Emergency Systems, Emergency Response, Emergency Egress, Emergency Communication, Rescue Access
ABSTRACT: This final rule is intended to further the safety of passenger train occupants through both enhancements and additions to FRA�s existing requirements for emergency systems on passenger trains. In this final rule, FRA is enhancing existing requirements for emergency window exits and establishing requirements for rescue access windows for emergency responders to use to evacuate passenger train occupants. FRA is also enhancing passenger train emergency system requirements by expanding the application of existing requirements that are currently applicable only to passenger trains operating at speeds in excess of 125 mph (Tier II passenger trains) to cover passenger trains operating at speeds at or below 125 mph (Tier I passenger trains) as well; in particular, these enhancements require that Tier I passenger trains be equipped with public address (PA) and intercom systems for emergency communication and that passenger cars provide emergency roof access for use by emergency responders. FRA is applying certain of