The Track Division mission is to provide technical expertise and direction in the execution and administration of rail safety programs to ensure maximum safety in railroad operations relevant to railroad track.
The Track Division provides evaluation, direction, and technical advice for rail safety enforcement programs for FRA and State safety programs. The division develops and issues compliance manuals and technical bulletins as guidance to FRA regional safety offices; participates in the development of rail safety program proposals, plans, rules and standards; and provides advice to, and coordinates with, regional field enforcement staff and Railroad System Oversight Management staff. The division also has the responsibility for the administration of the Automated Track Inspection Program (ATIP) and the Workplace Safety Program.
In addition, the division participates in accident investigations and directly investigates reports of complaints regarding railroad track conditions; conducts detailed analysis of requests for regulatory relief from standards administered by the division; actively participates in development of industry and consensus standards useful for enhancement of railroad safety; and provides expertise to Railroad Safety Advisory Committee working groups in the development of railroad safety regulations.