Rail

FRA issues rail crossings final rule

Posted on June 13, 2012

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) announced new regulations requiring railroads to install signs at highway-rail grade and pathway crossings with telephone numbers the public can use to alert railroad companies to unsafe conditions.

Under the final rule, railroads must establish Emergency Notification Systems (ENS) by installing clear and readable signs with toll-free telephone numbers at crossings so the public can report unsafe situations and for railroads to respond to malfunctioning warning signals, vehicles stalled on the tracks or other emergency situations.

Depending on a railroad’s operating characteristics, calls may be received through a 24-hour call center, or for smaller railroads, through an automated answering system or third-party telephone service.

Upon receiving a call, the dispatching railroad is required to contact all trains authorized to operate through the crossing, inform local law enforcement to assist in directing traffic, investigate the report or request that the railroad with maintenance responsibility for the crossing to investigate the report. If the report is substantiated, the railroad is required to take certain actions to remedy the unsafe condition.

Based upon comments received in response to its proposed rule, railroads without an existing ENS will have until July 2015 to establish one. Railroads that currently have an ENS in place may be able to retain existing signs, or will have until July 2015 or July 2017 to replace signs depending upon several factors. FRA’s regulatory impact analysis for the final rule found the total cost will be $15.6 million, which is expected to be off-set by estimated accident and casualty reduction benefits of $57.8 million over a 15-year period.

There are approximately 211,000 public and private highway-rail and pathway grade crossings in the U.S. Many major freight and commuter railroads have systems in place to receive emergency reports. The rule builds upon the experience gained through previous voluntary, state, federal and industry experience. Section 205 of the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 required FRA to issue the regulation.

The final rule can be viewed here.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

NJ TRANSIT to restore rail services by May 12

The new date is nearly two weeks ahead of the agency’s target date.

NHTSA, FRA launch rail crossing safety campaign

In 2018 alone, 270 people were killed at railroad crossings.

San Diego MTS unveils 5000-series Siemens Trolley cars

The new vehicles represent the third generation of modern, low-floor vehicles, which have been in operation since 2005.

Metra adds state funding for 2 new rail stations

The two stations have been planned for years, however, funding was first held up in the state’s budget woes and then cut in 2017.

Report suggests Cleveland should replace entire rail fleet by 2028

While both fleets have had some level of mid-life rehabilitation, each fleet is exceeding the acceptable 30-year useful life for railcars.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation