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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...

U.S. Department of Transportation Proposes Major Rule for the Safe Transportation of Liquefied Natural Gas by Rail Tank Car

PRESS RELEASE NUMBER: PHMSA 08-19
CONTACT: Randon Lane
PHONE: (202) 366-4831
SUBJECT: Emergency Preparedness, Hazardous Materials
KEYWORDS: LNG, hazardous materials, tank cars
ABSTRACT: The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), in coordination with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), announced that it is publishing a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) regarding the transportation of liquefied natural gas (LNG). The proposed rule will seek comment on...

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Makes Available $396 Million for Rail Capital Projects

Monday, October 7, 2019

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today issued a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair Program (Partnership Program).  The NOFO includes $396 million in grant funding.

“This $396 million in federal funding will provide a tremendous boost to private, state and local investments to improve America’s rail infrastructure,” said U. S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

The Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19)...

Federal Railroad Administration Publishes Railroads’ Second Quarter 2019 Positive Train Control Implementation Status Updates

Monday, September 9, 2019

WASHINGTON - The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today provided a quarterly status update on railroads’ progress in fully implementing positive train control (PTC) systems.  Based on railroads’ Second Quarter 2019 PTC Progress Reports which were due to FRA by July 31, 2019, the 42 railroads subject to the statutory PTC mandate are making steady progress. 

“FRA is determined to help all affected railroads successfully satisfy the statutory deadline for full PTC system installation, testing, certification and...