Proposed Rule

Passenger Train Emergency Preparedness

  • 24
  • Feb
  • 1997
SUBJECT: Passenger Rail
ABSTRACT: Pursuant to section 215 of the Federal Railroad Safety Authorization Act of 1994, FRA proposes a rule to require minimum Federal safety standards for the preparation, adoption, and implementation of emergency preparedness plans by railroads connected with the operation of passenger trains, including freight railroads hosting the operations of rail passenger service. The proposed rule also requires each affected railroad to instruct its employees on the plan�s provisions. Elements of this emergency preparedness plan would include communication, employee training and qualification, joint operations, tunnel safety, liaison with emergency responders, on-board emergency equipment, and passenger safety information. The plan adopted by each affected railroad would be subject to formal review and approval by FRA.
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