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Federal Railroad Administration Announces Stakeholder Outreach Seminars: Focus on Regulatory Changes to Drug and Alcohol Testing and Railroad Employee Training Rules

Monday, April 23, 2018

WASHINGTON - The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today announced that it is holding three stakeholder educational seminars to discuss two FRA regulations.  Specifically, the day long sessions will focus on June 2017 amendments to 49 CFR Part 219 - Control of Alcohol and Drug Use, and the implementation requirements of 49 CFR Part 243 - Training, Qualification and Oversight for Safety-Related Railroad Employees.  Both regulations were issued in response to statutory requirements set forth in the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (RSIA).

The events are free to the public, but attendee pre-registration is required because the venues can only accommodate approximately 100 individuals.  The dates and locations of the seminars are as follows:

Stakeholder Outreach Seminar Information






Thursday, May 17, 2018

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Steamtown National Historic Site350 Cliff Street,

Scranton, PA 18503


Tuesday, June 26, 2018

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

California State Railroad Museum125 I Street,

Sacramento, CA 95814


Thursday, August 30, 2018

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

National Weather Service Training Center                                                                                     

7220 NW 101st, Kansas City, MO 64153

The Part 219 presentation will address the expanded scope of FRA’s drug and alcohol control regulations to cover maintenance of way employees.  Other issues will be discussed, including codification of guidance from FRA compliance manuals, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommendations, and additional changes arising from FRA’s retrospective regulatory review-based amendments of the rule.  The Part 243 presentation will provide an overview of program compliance requirements and address significant upcoming implementation deadlines.  Sufficient time will be allotted after each presentation for questions and answers. Interested individuals can register at:

Updated: Monday, June 4, 2018