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FRA Issues National Trespass Prevention Strategy

WASHINGTON – The U.S Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today issued to Congress the first National Strategy to Prevent Trespassing on Railroad Property.  The report examines the causal factors that contribute to trespassing incidents on railroad property, and responds to a U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations request. 

“Almost every trespasser death or injury is preventable and FRA is working to intensify our efforts,” said FRA Administrator Ronald L. Batory.  “Now that we have examined...

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Cancellation of Grant Funds to CA High-Speed Rail Project

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation announced today that the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) intends to cancel $929 million in Federal grant funds yet to be paid for the California High-Speed Rail project envisioned to connect the L.A. Basin to the San Francisco Bay Area.  In addition, the Department announced it is actively exploring every legal option to seek the return from California of $2.5 billion in Federal funds FRA previously granted for this now-defunct project.  FRA Administrator Ronald L. Batory notified the California HSR Authority (CHSRA) of this action...

FRA Publishes Railroads’ 2018 Quarter 4 PTC Data

PRESS RELEASE NUMBER: FRA 02-19
CONTACT: FRA Public Affairs
PHONE: (202) 493-6024
SUBJECT: Freight Operations, Passenger Rail, Positive Train Control, Accident Reduction, Testing
KEYWORDS: Positive Train Control, Safety, Interoperability, Host Railroads, Tenant Railroads, Collaboration Sessions

WASHINGTON - The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today released a status update regarding railroads’ self-reported progress toward full implementation of positive train control (PTC) systems as of December 31, 2018...

FRA Publishes Railroads 2018 Quarter 4 PTC Data

WASHINGTON - The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today released a status update regarding railroads’ self-reported progress toward full implementation of positive train control (PTC) systems as of December 31, 2018.  All required railroads either met the December 31, 2018, statutory deadline for fully implementing PTC systems, or submitted requests demonstrating they met or exceeded the statutory criteria for an alternative schedule provided for by law, permitting up to two additional years to complete full implementation.

“PTC will save lives, protect...

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces More Than $56 Million in Grants to Improve Rail Safety, Efficiency, and Reliability

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces More Than $56 Million in Grants to Improve Rail Safety, Efficiency, and Reliability
18 projects in 16 states receive funding

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today announced $56,933,567 in grant funding for 18 projects in 16 states.  The funding will improve the safety, efficiency, and reliability of intercity passenger and freight rail systems under the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI)...

The FRA Administrator’s Declaration of Emergency Event: Winter Weather

 NOTICE 

The FRA Administrator’s Declaration of Emergency Event 

Pursuant to Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) § 211.45, Federal Railroad Administration Administrator Ronald L. Batory has determined that the current conditions of extreme cold, ice, wind, and severe winter weather in various parts of the United States constitute an “emergency event” as related to railroad operations. In making this determination, the Administrator notes that the National Weather Service has documented severe winter weather effects stretching...

Statement on Positive Train Control Implementation

All Railroads on Track to Meet Critical Congressional Requirements

WASHINGTON – The 41 railroads required by Congress to implement positive train control (PTC) systems by December 31, 2018 have submitted documentation that they assert is sufficient to meet the statutory requirements for system activation or the statutory requirements to qualify for an alternative schedule (“extension”) for up to two additional years to complete full implementation.

On October 29, 2015, the Positive Train Control Enforcement and Implementation Act of...

FRA Awards More Than $46 Million for PTC Implementation

11 projects in 10 states receive funding in second round of FY 2018 PTC grants

WASHINGTON – The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today awarded $46,301,702 in grant funding for 11 projects in 10 states to assist with deploying positive train control (PTC) systems. This marks the second selection of PTC systems deployment projects under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Consolidated Appropriations Act and via the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Program, collectively totaling $250 million in funding.

“These $46 million in grants...

Railroads’ Quarter 3 PTC Status Reports Show Continued Progress

WASHINGTON – The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today released the 2018 Quarter 3 Positive Train Control (PTC) data, showing railroads’ continued progress toward meeting the year-end deadline for fully implementing PTC systems or qualifying for an alternative schedule.

“The progress made over the last year is a testament to what can be accomplished with proper focus and attention. We encourage any railroads seeking an alternative schedule to submit their formal requests in a timely fashion,” said FRA Administrator Ronald L. Batory.

The Quarter 3 data...

FRA Issues Final Rule to Promote Safe and Efficient High-Speed Passenger Rail Operations

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) issued a final rule establishing modern, performance-based safety standards for railroad passenger equipment. The rule reinforces FRA’s commitment to safety while representing one of the most significant enhancements to the nation’s passenger rail design standards in a century. The rule paves the way for U.S. high-speed passenger trains to safely travel as fast as 220 miles per hour (mph).

“These new regulations were made possible by a wealth of FRA research,...