Reports to Congress

Department of Transportation Systems Safety Plan for Improving the Management of Railroad Safety Programs

  • 01
  • Dec
  • 1981
SUBJECT: Railroad Safety Program Management
KEYWORDS: Inspections, Training, Regulations and Enforcement, Railroad Safety
ABSTRACT: [From the Executive Summary] This report has been prepared by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) which has responsibility for railroad safety laws within the Department of Transportation (DOT). The report describes goals for improved railroad safety and the approach FRA has adopted to meet those goals. In preparing this report, FRA examined each of the major categories of rail accidents to develop a plan for system-wide application to improve railroad safety. The thesis of the Systems Safety Plan is that safety is best enhanced when government and industry resources are combined in a cooperative rather than an adversary spirit. The Plan establishes priorities for applying FRA, State, and industry resources in the joint effort to reduce rail accidents.