Tag: FRA

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 […]

Nevada says push for freight rail not an attack on trucking

Of 198 warehouses in the state, only part of one uses rail By Joanna Marsh for freightwaves.com Should Nevada, which has only one warehouse actively using a rail siding, be relying more heavily on freight rail? The answer is yes, according to the state’s draft 2021 rail plan.  The plan, currently under review by the […]

Court ruling may make it harder to cut train crew sizes to 1

By JOSH FUNK for the Associated Press OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An appeals court has rejected the Trump administration’s decision to drop a proposal to require freight trains to have at least two crew members, a plan that was drafted after several fiery crude oil train derailments. The ruling Tuesday from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court […]

Railroads Achieve Full Positive Train Control Implementation, FRA Says

Article by ttnews.com The country’s freight and passenger railways are operating with automatic braking system technology, according to the Federal Railroad Administration. The technology, known as positive train control, or PTC, is operational across the 57,536 railroad route miles as required by federal law, the FRA noted Dec. 29. Operators include Class I railroads, as […]

FRA Rules Against Rail Labor in Brake Safety Standards Opposed by TCU Carman Division

On January 15, 2020, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) issued an extensive Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) entitled “Brake System Safety Standards.” The NPRM proposed sweeping changes to brake inspections standards, and incorporated into the regulations, a large number of waivers it has issued to railroads and railroad associations. Among these changes, are modifications to […]

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