Proposed Rule

Passenger Train Emergency Preparedness

  • 27
  • Jun
  • 2012
AUTHOR: Federal Railroad Administration
DOCKET NUMBER: 2011-0062
SUBJECT: Emergency Preparedness, Passenger Rail
ABSTRACT: FRA is proposing to revise its regulations for passenger train emergency preparedness. These proposed revisions would: ensure that railroad personnel who communicate and coordinate with first responders during emergency situations receive initial and periodic training and are subject to operational (efficiency) tests and inspections; clarify that railroads must develop procedures in their emergency preparedness plans (e-prep plans) addressing the safe evacuation of passengers with disabilities during emergency situations; limit the need for FRA to formally approve purely administrative changes to approved eprep plans; specify new operational (efficiency) testing and inspection requirements for both operating and non-operating employees; and remove as unnecessary the section on the preemptive effect of the regulations.
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