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Electronic Reading Room

The Electronic Freedom of Information Act (E-FOIA) Amendments of 1996 required agencies to make the following categories of records available to the public on an ongoing basis through a Web page entitled “Electronic Reading Room”:

East Palestine Derailment

Final Opinions/Orders in Adjudicated Cases

Please see for:

  • Administrative Hearing Officer Decisions
  • Administrative Appeal Decisions 
  • Operating Crew Review Board Decisions

Administrative Appeal Decisions (1996 through 2009) are available in FRA’s e-library.

Approved Contracts/Grants

For Locomotive Engineer Review Board Decisions, submit a FOIA request to

Agency Policy Statements

Staff Manual/Instructions to Staff Affecting the Public

Frequently Requested Records


For access to pre-November 1, 1996 Reading Room records created by the Office of the Secretary (OST), please contact OST’s FOIA Requester Service Center at (202) 366-4542 or the following conventional (paper) Reading Room:

DOT Dockets Office, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Room W12-140, Washington, D.C. 20590

Hours of operation: 9:00-5:00 ET, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays

Telephone: (202) 366-9322 or (202) 366-9826

Toll-Free: (800) 647-5527

A computer terminal and printer are available at this location for accessing Electronic Reading Room records.

For further assistance please feel free to contact us