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Federal Railroad Administration Proposes Rule to Measure the Performance and Service Quality of Intercity Passenger Trains

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is proposing a rule to measure the performance and service quality of intercity passenger train operations. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) would define Amtrak intercity passenger train on-time performance, and would set forth – on average – a minimum on-time performance standard of 80%.

FRA Administrator’s Declaration of Emergency Situation: Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)

Pursuant to Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) § 211.45, Federal Railroad Administration Administrator Ronald L. Batory has determined that the imminent threat and exposure to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) poses a risk of serious illness that constitutes an "emergency situation" as related to railroad operations.

In making this determination, the Administrator notes the President has declared a national emergency related to COVID-19 and the World Health Organization (WHO) has made the assessment of COVID-19...

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces $248.5 Million in Grants to Support Railroad Infrastructure

WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao today announced the recipients of $248.5 million in grant funds under the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Program, for a wide variety of state and local railroad infrastructure projects. The grants will fund 32 projects in 27 states, and will be administered by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces $248.5 Million in Grants to Support Railroad Infrastructure

WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao today announced the recipients of $248.5 million in grant funds under the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Program, for a wide variety of state and local railroad infrastructure projects. The grants will fund 32 projects in 27 states, and will be administered by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).

“This $248.5 million federal investment will upgrade rail infrastructure and enhance safety on the tracks and at railroad crossings in rural and urban communities across America,” said U.S....

FRA Launches Risk Reduction Safety Program

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has issued a final rule, launching the Risk Reduction Program (RRP) to support an increasing standard of safety for the nation’s freight railroads.

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...