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FRA Announces $73 Million Available for Rail Capital Projects and Operating Assistance

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.

Updated: Thursday, February 15, 2018

U.S. Department of Transportation Statement on Amtrak Special Train 923

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) released the following statement regarding today’s incident in Crozet, Virginia.

“The Federal Railroad Administration team is on its way to the site to respond to the incident and to offer support to the National Transportation Safety Board’s investigation. There is one confirmed fatality and one serious injury. There are no serious injuries among members of Congress or their staff. 

Updated: Wednesday, January 31, 2018

FRA Issues New Rule Requiring Passenger Railroads to Proactively Identify and Reduce Safety Risks

Will help passenger railroads achieve next level of safety

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today issued a new final rule which requires passenger railroads to proactively identify potential safety hazards across their operations and work to reduce and mitigate them.  The rule will help prevent potential safety problems from escalating and resulting in incidents, injuries, or deaths.

Updated: Friday, July 29, 2016

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PHMSA Seeks Comment on Insurance for Railroad Carriers Transporting Hazardous Materials.  The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) today issued a notice and request for comment on the levels and structure of insurance for railroad carriers transporting hazardous materials. PHMSA is partnering with the Office of Research and Technology and the Volpe Center to conduct a study to better understand the financial risks involved with transporting hazardous materials by rail.

Updated: Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Federal Railroad Administrator: We All Must Do More to Prevent Fatalities at Railroad Crossings

Calls on Congress, railroads, states, tech companies, and others to take greater action

WASHINGTON – In a statement to the railroad industry, states, tech companies and Congress, the Federal Railroad Administrator Sarah E. Feinberg today called for greater action to prevent fatalities at the nation’s more than 200,000 railroad crossings. During the last six weeks, there have been three significant incidents, in addition to others, that have killed parents and their children when struck by a train at crossings.

Updated: Tuesday, July 26, 2016

FRA and TxDOT Outline Passenger Rail Options Between Oklahoma City and Southern Texas, Seek Public Input

Public hearings and comment period on 10 proposed options to begin

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) have released 10 service and route options for new and improved conventional and high-speed passenger rail service connecting Oklahoma City, Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, and South Texas.  The options are evaluated in a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS).  

Updated: Friday, September 16, 2016
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