FRA proposes train emergency system enhancements

Posted on January 3, 2012

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) proposed improvements to existing Passenger Train Emergency Systems regulations that could further protect occupants of passenger trains during emergencies.
The proposed regulations are expected to improve railroad safety by helping improve the ability to safely evacuate passengers and crew members in the event of an emergency. Specifically, the rule addresses passenger train emergency systems including vestibule doors, emergency lighting, signage and markings for emergency entrance and exit, and rescue access. It also addresses the application of photo luminescent materials to highlight emergency exit path markings, instructions for emergency systems operations and requirements for debriefing after emergency situations and simulations.

The proposed requirements are based on recommendations of FRA’s Railroad Safety Advisory Committee and were developed by its Passenger Safety Working Group, Emergency Preparedness Task Force. The proposed regulation would also incorporate three industry standards developed by the American Public Transportation Association. Comments on the proposal are due by March 5, 2012. 

The proposal can viewed by clicking here.

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