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International Programs

FRA’s International Programs Division develops positive relationships with foreign passenger and freight rail entities—within government, industry, and academia—facilitating communication and technical exchanges. The graphic below illustrates differing strengths and the importance of global collaboration to increase rail safety, efficiency, and productivity. 

Data source: Jane's World Railways, “2019 Executive Overview.”


International Partnerships

FRA is an active member of the international rail advocacy body, the International Union of Railways (UIC), and participates regularly in its annual events and meetings. UIC facilitates technical cooperation among railroad entities across the globe while providing venues for exchanging information on best practices and subject matter expertise on a variety of rail topics.  

In addition, FRA's rail test facility in Pueblo, Colorado, the Transportation Technology Center (TTC), provides the setting for not only the important work of FRA's Office of Research, Development, and Technology but also that of international vendors. All benefit from specialized laboratories, safety- and security-inspector training environments and equipment, and over 50 miles of track for testing freight and passenger rolling stock, vehicle and track components, and safety devices. 

Learn more about FRA’s work with international partners in the features below.



The 14th annual International Level Crossing Awareness Day (ILCAD) event, a grade crossing safety awareness initiative spearheaded by the International Union of Railways (UIC), was hosted for the first time in the United States, June 8-10, 2022, in Denver, Colorado. Federal Railroad Administration, Association of American Railroads (AAR), and Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI), staff served on the 2022 ILCAD Executive Planning Committee. The event provided an opportunity for rail industry experts, researchers, and government officials to share information about best practices and projects that improve safety around grade crossings and reduce the incident toll. This year’s event also featured a Trespass and Suicide Prevention Special Session and a site visit and tour of FRA’s Transportation Technology Center in Pueblo.

For more information about FRA’s efforts to improve grade crossing safety, visit the Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Safety and Trespass Prevention webpage.


Thai Ministry of Transport U.S. Development Tour

On June 23, 2022, FRA staff met with the Ministry of Transport (MOT) of Thailand to learn about Thai rail industry modernization needs and to share information about state-of-the-art U.S. railway technologies, best practices, financing mechanisms, regulatory frameworks, policies, and the role of FRA in the U.S. rail industry. The Thai MOT visit to FRA was part of a broader U.S. tour including stops in New York, Indianapolis, and Chicago organized by the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) to introduce Thai rail decision makers to potential U.S. vendors of rail technology.