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.
AUTHOR: Federal Railroad Administration REPORT NUMBER: RR 15-09 SUBJECT: Positive Train Control KEYWORDS: Positive Train Control Shared Network; Positive Train Control (PTC); Interoperable Train Control (ITC); Shared Network; Hosted Network; Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) ABSTRACT: The Interoperable Train Control (ITC) Positive Train Control (PTC) Shared Network (IPSN) project investigated anticipated industry benefits and the level of support for the development of a hosted technological platform for PTC messaging across multiple railroads. A hosted network would reduce the number of interconnections between Class 1 railroads and the short line and commuter railroads; help minimize the required number of communication links to send and receive PTC messages to tenant railroads; and provide centralized personnel and IT infrastructure to support the railroads in performing PTC message interchange with their host railroads, which yields efficiencies in manpower and technical PTC implementation complexity.