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About FRA

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The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) was created by the Department of Transportation Act of 1966. It is one of ten agencies within the U.S. Department of Transportation concerned with intermodal transportation.


The Federal Railroad Administration’s mission is to enable the safe, reliable, and efficient movement of people and goods for a strong America, now and in the future.


RAIL - Moving America Forward

Guiding PrinciplesA chart depicting FRA's guiding principles

We value INTEGRITY; therefore, the highest standards of ethical conduct guide our stewardship of the public’s trust and resources. 

We value EXCELLENCE; therefore, we will empower employees to focus time and resources on data-driven, cost-effective solutions that promote FRA mission accomplishment. We seek ongoing development of our knowledge base and skills. We exhibit professional behavior at all times.

We value TRANSPARENCY and ACCOUNTABILITY; therefore, senior leadership will engage employees in robust dialogue and constructive communication. We will embrace open decision-making. Our reward and recognition system will hold each of us responsible for our performance.

We value INNOVATION; therefore, we will become an enterprising, resilient organization that invests in the future, as it streamlines and improves current operations.

We value ENGAGEMENT; therefore, we will engage our stakeholders for creative problem solving and development of effective policies, programs, technology, and investments.

We value SAFETY; therefore, we will strive to ensure the safety of our employees, the public, and the rail industry workforce.