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The FRA Administrator’s Declaration of Emergency Event: Hurricane Dorian

Thursday, August 29, 2019

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 of Hurricane Dorian with flooding rains, potential power outages, and localized flash flooding conditions predicted to occur in the southeastern region of the United States constitutes an “emergency event” as related to railroad operations.

In making this determination, the Administrator notes the National Weather Service has forecasted that Hurricane Dorian...

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao Announces $4.36 Million Grant to Restore Gulf Coast Passenger Rail Service

Thursday, August 29, 2019

BILOXI, MS – U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Secretary Elaine L. Chao today announced that DOT’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has awarded $4,360,000 to the Southern Rail Commission to help restore intercity passenger rail service along the Gulf Coast.

“This funding will help Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama resume passenger rail service between New Orleans and Mobile to enhance regional economic growth and rural mobility,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

In 2005 Amtrak suspended its...

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces $272 Million in ‘State of Good Repair’ Program Grants

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today announced more than $272 million in grant funding to 10 rail projects in 10 states. Funding is provided through FRA’s Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair Program (SOGR Program) and will help to repair and rehabilitate railroad infrastructure around the country.

“This Administration is committed to investing in the enhancement and safe operation of our country's passenger rail networks,” said U.S....

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Makes Available $244 Million for Capital Rail Projects

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

U.S Department of Transportation Office of Public Affairs 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE Washington, DC 20590 www.transportation.gov/briefingroom News 

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today issued a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Program. The NOFO includes more than $244 million in grant funding. 

“The Consolidated Rail...

The FRA Administrator’s Declaration of Emergency Event: Tropical Storm Barry

NOTICE 

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 of Tropical Storm Barry, which could produce storm surge, heavy rains, and tropical storm-force or hurricane-force winds, constitutes an “emergency event” as related to railroad operations. In making this determination, the Administrator notes that potential power outages and localized flash flooding conditions are predicted to occur in the North-Central Gulf Coastal region of the...

Federal Railroad Administration Announces More Than $326 Million in Grants to Support Railroad Infrastructure

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today announced the recipients of more than $326 million in grant funds under the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Program and the Special Transportation Circumstances Program, for a wide variety of state and local railroad infrastructure projects. The grants will fund 45 projects in 29 states.

“These investments in intercity passenger and freight rail will benefit surrounding communities, make grade crossings safer and improve service...

The FRA Administrator’s Declaration of Emergency Event: Extreme Flooding

NOTICE 

Pursuant to Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) § 211.45, Federal Railroad Administration Administrator Ronald L. Batory has determined that the extreme flooding currently occurring throughout the Midwest United States constitutes an “emergency event” as related to railroad operations. In making this determination, the Administrator notes that the National Weather Service has issued flood warnings for areas throughout the Midwest and documented historic flooding throughout the region with rivers rising to historic levels in numerous locations...

Statement of Federal Railroad Administration on Termination of FY ‘10 Grant Agreement with California High-Speed Rail Authority

Statement from the Federal Railroad Administration 

“After careful consideration, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has terminated Cooperative Agreement No. FR-HSR-0118-12-01-01 (the FY10 Agreement) with the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA), and will deobligate the $928,620,000 in funding under that agreement.  The decision follows FRA’s Notice of Intent to Terminate and consideration of the information provided by CHSRA on March 4, 2019. FRA finds that CHSRA has repeatedly failed to comply with the terms of the FY10 Agreement and has failed to make reasonable...

FRA Announces Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Revising Locomotive Engineer Regulation

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to update the regulation that governs locomotive engineer qualification and certification to make it consistent with the corresponding regulation for conductors.

“The proposed revisions would modernize locomotive engineer certification regulations to match those for train conductors, and provide regulatory efficiencies and cost savings without compromising safety,” FRA Administrator Ronald L. Batory said.  “The proposal would...

The FRA Administrator’s Declaration of Emergency Event: Extreme Flooding

NOTICE 

Pursuant to Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) § 211.45, Federal Railroad Administration Administrator Ronald L. Batory has determined that the extreme flooding currently occurring throughout the Midwest United States constitutes an “emergency event” as related to railroad operations. In making this determination, the Administrator notes that the National Weather Service has issued flood warnings for areas throughout the Midwest and documented historic flooding throughout the region with rivers rising to historic levels in over 40 locations,...