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.
DOCKET NUMBER: 2011-0028 SUBJECT: Positive Train Control KEYWORDS: PTC, Subpart I, PTC Rule 3, Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008, Two Qualifying Tests, PTC Alternative Route Analysis Test, PTC Residual Risk Test ABSTRACT: FRA amends the regulations
implementing a provision of the Rail
Safety Improvement Act of 2008 that
requires certain passenger and freight
railroads to install positive train control
(PTC) systems. This final rule removes
regulatory provisions that require
railroads to either conduct further
analyses or meet certain risk-based
criteria in order to avoid PTC system
implementation on track segments that
do not transport poison- or toxic-byinhalation
hazardous (PIH) materials
traffic and are not used for intercity or
commuter rail passenger transportation
as of December 31, 2015.