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Press Releases

FRA Launches Risk Reduction Safety Program

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has issued a final rule, launching the Risk Reduction Program (RRP) to support an increasing standard of safety for the nation’s freight railroads.

Federal Railroad Administration Launches Web Portal For Public to Report Blocked Railroad Crossings

WASHINGTON- The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today announced it has established a new, dedicated webpage for the public and law enforcement to report blocked highway-rail grade crossings.

Blocked crossings occur when stopped trains impede the flow of motor vehicle or pedestrian traffic at railroad tracks for extended periods of time. Communities have long dealt with the issue of blocked crossings, and FRA is now seeking broad public input to better understand the scope of the problem and engage with affected parties to identify potential...

FRA Announces Proposed Rules Updating Track and Brake Standards

WASHINGTON – The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today announced issuance of two Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to promote safety innovation and reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens.  The first proposal would update the current Track Safety Standards (TSS), and the second improves the effectiveness of existing Brake System Safety requirements.  Both of these proposed rules will increase rail safety as well as save time.

The proposed TSS amendments would allow continuous testing for rail inspections and would remove an inspection-method exception for high-density...

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Availability of $24 Million to Restore and Enhance Intercity Passenger Rail Nationwide

PRESS RELEASE NUMBER: FRA 12-19
CONTACT: FRA Public Affairs
PHONE: (202) 493-6024
SUBJECT: Passenger Rail
KEYWORDS: NOFO, Restoration and Enhancement Grants Program, FAST Act, Federal Register
ABSTRACT: WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today announced the availability of $24 million in grant funding to initiate, restore, or enhance intercity passenger rail service around the country.

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad...