Tag: FRA

For House Rail Subcommittee, an Earful on Safety

Written by Marybeth Luczak, Executive Editor for railwayage.com “Examining Freight Rail Safety” was the theme of a June 14 hearing of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials. The aim: for members “to hear from government and stakeholder witnesses about the state of freight rail safety and issues […]

Federal Railroad Administration releases 2021 fiscal year enforcement report

By: AJOT.com The Federal Railroad Administration today released its Annual Enforcement Report summarizing regulatory compliance inspections and audits that FRA or state inspectors participating in FRA’s rail safety program conducted during the past fiscal year (FY), as well as civil penalty enforcement actions arising from them. In FY 2021, over 70,000 inspections were conducted to assess railroad […]

Confirmed: Amit Bose Federal Railroad Administrator

Written by Marybeth Luczak, Executive Editor for railwayage.com Amit Bose on Jan. 12 was confirmed as the 15th Federal Railroad Administrator in a 68-29 Senate vote.  He was nominated by President Joe Biden on April 22, 2021, to lead the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), succeeding Ronald L. (Ron) Batory. Batory, who was sworn in Feb. 28, 2018, stepped down […]

Federal infrastructure package could resolve railroad crew debate

The Wyoming Legislature has long wrestled with the question of whether to mandate two-person crews on the freight trains that traverse Wyoming’s more than 1,800 miles of track.  Now, the federal government may take action that resolves the issue — if the infrastructure package currently stalled in Congress passes.  The two-person crew mandate was adopted […]

FRA Issues Final Rule on Revised PTC Reporting

Written by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief for railwayage.com Effective Aug. 26, 2021, the Federal Railroad Administration is revising regulations governing changes to Positive Train Control (PTC) systems and reporting on PTC system performance.  “Recognizing that the railroad industry intends to enhance FRA-certified PTC systems to continue improving rail safety and PTC technology’s reliability and operability […]

UP Requests Relief to Combine Two Existing and Operating Trains without Additional Inspections

On March 9, 2021, the Union Pacific Railroad Company (UP) petitioned the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) requesting a waiver of compliance from certain provisions of the Federal railroad safety regulations contained at 49 CFR parts 215 (Railroad Freight Car Safety Standards) and 232 (Brake System Safety Standards for Freight and Other Non-Passenger Trains and Equipment; […]

Railroad inspector charged with falsifying hazardous materials reports

Tremelle Sykes is charged with filing reports on inspections that never happened By Noi Mahoney for freightwaves.com A former Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) inspector in Texas has been charged with lying on official documents related to the transportation of hazardous materials. Tremelle Sykes, 54, was indicted on eight counts of false statements, according to a […]

FRA to advance minority and women-owned business participation in federally-funded rail projects

The agency is sending out surveys for minority-owned and women-owned businesses to determine if there is a level playing field when applying for subcontracts from grantees receiving federal funds. By masstransitmag.com The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is conducting a first-of-its-kind nationwide small minority- and woman-owned business disparity study to determine whether the playing field is level […]

Rail Labor Files Joint Comments on FRA’s NPRM

On January 15, 2021, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) issued an extensive Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) entitled “Amendments to Brake System Safety Standards Governing Operations Using Electronic Air Brake Slip System.” More specifically, FRA proposes to amend its brake system safety standards to address operations using an electronic air brake slip (eABS) system, which […]

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