WASHINGTON – Ronald L. Batory was sworn in this morning by U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao as the 14th Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). A railroad industry professional with more than 45 years of experience, Mr. Batory is widely respected, having worked successfully for small and large rail carriers across the U.S. Prior to his nomination to serve as Administrator, Batory was President & Chief Operating Officer of Conrail, the eighth largest freight railroad in America from 2004 until his retirement in April 2017.
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today announced that it is accepting applications for $73 million in grant funding for projects that can strengthen intercity passenger rail, support capital projects and boost safety initiatives that may include the implementation of positive train control, improved highway-rail grade crossings, and congestion mitigation.
Sets Stage for Expedited Permitting Process for Rail Infrastructure Projects
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today released the Northeast Corridor (NEC) FUTURE Record of Decision (ROD). NEC FUTURE is FRA’s comprehensive planning effort to identify ways to improve the reliability, capacity, connectivity, performance and resiliency of passenger rail service throughout the Northeast Corridor through 2040 and beyond.
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), within the Department of Transportation (DOT), has been given the responsibility to carry out safety programs. FRA is responsible for promulgating and enforcing rail safety regulations; administering railroad assistance programs; conducting research and development in support of improved railroad safety and national rail transportation policy; providing for the rehabilitation of Northeast Corridor rail passenger service; and consolidating government support of rail transportation activities. The Controlled Correspondence Manager (CCM) system helps FRA fulfill this mission by providing automated assistance in tracking workflow. The CCM system provides FRA with the ability to track and control correspondence, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, complaints, waivers, one-time movements, and train horn quiet zones in a timely fashion.
Privacy management is an integral part of the CCM system. DOT/FRA has retained the services of privacy experts to help assess its privacy management program, utilizing proven technology, sound policies and procedures, and proven methodologies.
The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Railroad Enforcement System (RES) is a major application. The RES application provides computerized support for the Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) attorneys in the issuance of civil penalty demand letters and other documents related to the violations of railroad safety laws and in the compilation of reports related to the railroad safety enforcement process. There are three major segments in the new system:
- Civil Penalty Case Generation System
- Civil Penalty Case Report Generation System
- Individual Liability Cases
The first segment, Civil Penalty Case Generation System, contains most of the data entry, update, and query screens for case generation; look-up screens for supporting information; and the Region Violation Report Status Screen through Oracle Web Forms and Oracle Application Server. This segment is of primary interest to those who enter data on enforcement cases.
The second segment, Civil Penalty Case Report Generation System, consists of various Structured Query Language (SQL) reports used for tracking violation reports and cases. They are published to the Internet, intranet, or both, in either Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) or Portable Document Format (PDF) format.
The third segment, Individual Liability Cases, is designed for actions against individuals in violation of the safety laws, including civil penalties, disqualification orders, and warning letters. It contains both data entry/query screens and SQL reports.