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.
SPEAKER: Joseph C. Szabo SPEAKER'S TITLE: Administrator AUDIENCE: COMMITTEE ON COMMERCE, SCIENCE, AND TRANSPORTATION KEYWORDS: Safety, Rail, Reauthorization ABSTRACT: Chairman, Ranking Member, and Members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today, on behalf of Secretary LaHood, to discuss the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) rail safety program. Rail is a particularly safe mode of transportation, and one that Americans are choosing more than ever before. In this testimony, I will detail recent accomplishments, including the status of FRA’s implementation of the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (RSIA), and I will discuss current challenges. We would like to note that some railroad accidents widely reported in the press during the last few months do not reflect the positive trends in safety statistics and annual records that we have seen in safety data. In closing, I will describe FRA’s preliminary reauthorization proposals, which we view as key components for improving our safety program.