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The purpose of FRA is to enforce rail safety regulations, administer railroad assistance programs, conduct research and development to improve railroad safety, and promote national rail transportation policy.

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For the safety of all, rail passengers must not harass or interfere with train crew and staff in performing their duties...
09/03/2021

For the safety of all, rail passengers must not harass or interfere with train crew and staff in performing their duties. FRA Deputy Administrator Amit Bose wishes everyone a safe Labor Day weekend travel. Remember to #MaskUp!

For the safety of all, rail passengers must not harass or interfere with train crew and staff in performing their duties. FRA Deputy Administrator Amit Bose wishes everyone a safe Labor Day weekend travel. Remember to #MaskUp!

#FunFactFriday: Masks continue to be a requirement on all forms of public transportation. Regardless of your vaccination...
09/03/2021
Mask Up | US Department of Transportation

#FunFactFriday: Masks continue to be a requirement on all forms of public transportation. Regardless of your vaccination status, wearing a properly fitting mask is added protection against COVID-19.
https://www.transportation.gov/maskup

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#TechyThursday: We put STEM subjects to the test with our Research, Development and Technology program activities. For t...
09/02/2021

#TechyThursday: We put STEM subjects to the test with our Research, Development and Technology program activities. For this project our researchers worked with TIAX, LLC, a lab-based technology development company focused on advancing innovations in transportation. Working together we were able to modify the existing state-of-the-art end structure design for a Budd Pioneer cab car. The car can now be installed on a Budd M1 car and used to test the performance of end frames built to meet current American Public Transportation Association standard and proposed FRA structural requirements. Read the report here: https://bit.ly/388vGfY

#TechyThursday: We put STEM subjects to the test with our Research, Development and Technology program activities. For this project our researchers worked with TIAX, LLC, a lab-based technology development company focused on advancing innovations in transportation. Working together we were able to modify the existing state-of-the-art end structure design for a Budd Pioneer cab car. The car can now be installed on a Budd M1 car and used to test the performance of end frames built to meet current American Public Transportation Association standard and proposed FRA structural requirements. Read the report here: https://bit.ly/388vGfY

SOFA ALERT: The Switching Operations Fatality Analysis Working Group (SOFA) reports its findings and emerging data trend...
09/01/2021
SOFA Safety Alert - May 2021 | FRA

SOFA ALERT: The Switching Operations Fatality Analysis Working Group (SOFA) reports its findings and emerging data trends with the goal of zero fatalities in the railroad industry. One in five switching operations fatalities deal with an industrial hazards such as a structure, vehicle, or obstruction on an industrial track can play a significant role in switching fatalities. Remain vigilant and aware of industry hazards. More information here: https://bit.ly/3DIIj0b

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A quiet zone is a section of track at least one‐half mile in length that contains one or more consecutive public highway...
09/01/2021

A quiet zone is a section of track at least one‐half mile in length that contains one or more consecutive public highway‐rail grade crossings where railroads cease routine sounding of train horns once compensating safety improvements are made. Quiet zones do not eliminate the use of locomotive bells at crossings and train horns may still be used in emergency situations or to comply with other Federal regulations or railroad operating rules. For more information please visit: https://bit.ly/3zdBXTO

A quiet zone is a section of track at least one‐half mile in length that contains one or more consecutive public highway‐rail grade crossings where railroads cease routine sounding of train horns once compensating safety improvements are made. Quiet zones do not eliminate the use of locomotive bells at crossings and train horns may still be used in emergency situations or to comply with other Federal regulations or railroad operating rules. For more information please visit: https://bit.ly/3zdBXTO

#TriviaTuesday: TRUE or FALSE Nearly every 3 hours someone in America is hit by a train. #StayOffTracks
08/31/2021

#TriviaTuesday: TRUE or FALSE Nearly every 3 hours someone in America is hit by a train. #StayOffTracks

#TriviaTuesday: TRUE or FALSE Nearly every 3 hours someone in America is hit by a train. #StayOffTracks

#Back2Basics: #Railroaders, soon, the leaves of autumn will fall, and the buzzers will sound. Warm brakes are effective ...
08/30/2021

#Back2Basics: #Railroaders, soon, the leaves of autumn will fall, and the buzzers will sound. Warm brakes are effective brakes. And effective brakes make for a smooth ride…and a positive stop. https://bit.ly/32akdKk

#Back2Basics: #Railroaders, soon, the leaves of autumn will fall, and the buzzers will sound. Warm brakes are effective brakes. And effective brakes make for a smooth ride…and a positive stop. https://bit.ly/32akdKk

#SafetySaturday if your car is ever stuck on the tracks, LEAVE THE CAR! Then immediately look for the blue #ENS sign and...
08/28/2021

#SafetySaturday if your car is ever stuck on the tracks, LEAVE THE CAR! Then immediately look for the blue #ENS sign and call for help. A train is always closer than you think.

#SafetySaturday if your car is ever stuck on the tracks, LEAVE THE CAR! Then immediately look for the blue #ENS sign and call for help. A train is always closer than you think.

#FunFactFriday: Do you know the difference from a public and private highway-rail grade crossing? Public crossings are m...
08/27/2021

#FunFactFriday: Do you know the difference from a public and private highway-rail grade crossing? Public crossings are maintained and ruled by a public authority. Private crossings are not intended for public use, only for the property owner and their licensees and invitees. You can find private crossings on or near farm or industrial areas, and sometimes individual homeowners who own property near railroad tracks.

#FunFactFriday: Do you know the difference from a public and private highway-rail grade crossing? Public crossings are maintained and ruled by a public authority. Private crossings are not intended for public use, only for the property owner and their licensees and invitees. You can find private crossings on or near farm or industrial areas, and sometimes individual homeowners who own property near railroad tracks.

Today, August 26, 2021, the U.S. Department of Transportation ,Federal Railroad Administration announced a Notice of Fun...
08/26/2021
FRA to Fund Grants for Rail Improvement Opportunities | FRA

Today, August 26, 2021, the U.S. Department of Transportation ,
Federal Railroad Administration announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity making available nearly $362M through the CRISI Grant Program. “CRISI is an opportunity to invest in safety and economic progress across the rail networks that support and connect America,” says FRA Deputy Administrator Amit Bose. Read more here: https://bit.ly/38dCt8i

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The Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill marks the most important investment in Amtrak since its creation 50 years ago. Here i...
08/26/2021

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill marks the most important investment in Amtrak since its creation 50 years ago. Here is a breakdown of the proposed $66B for America’s freight and passenger network.

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill marks the most important investment in Amtrak since its creation 50 years ago. Here is a breakdown of the proposed $66B for America’s freight and passenger network.

You can let us know about blocked crossings in your community. Please visit https://www.fra.dot.gov/blockedcrossings/ to...
08/25/2021

You can let us know about blocked crossings in your community. Please visit https://www.fra.dot.gov/blockedcrossings/ to tell us where, when, for how long, so we know more about the impacts of blocked highway-rail grade crossings.

You can let us know about blocked crossings in your community. Please visit https://www.fra.dot.gov/blockedcrossings/ to tell us where, when, for how long, so we know more about the impacts of blocked highway-rail grade crossings.

Hey Students, its #Back2School time! Ready for #TriviaTuesday? Track ___ Measurement System practices and technologies m...
08/24/2021

Hey Students, its #Back2School time! Ready for #TriviaTuesday? Track ___ Measurement System practices and technologies measure gage, alignment and track surface to help calculate safe train speeds and other things. A-Geometry; B-Civics; C-Mechanics; D-Design #FRASchool #STEM #LetsLearn

Hey Students, its #Back2School time! Ready for #TriviaTuesday? Track ___ Measurement System practices and technologies measure gage, alignment and track surface to help calculate safe train speeds and other things. A-Geometry; B-Civics; C-Mechanics; D-Design #FRASchool #STEM #LetsLearn

#Back2Basics: #Railroaders, you are only as good as your last run. Shift cars safely. https://bit.ly/32akdKk
08/23/2021

#Back2Basics: #Railroaders, you are only as good as your last run. Shift cars safely.
https://bit.ly/32akdKk

#Back2Basics: #Railroaders, you are only as good as your last run. Shift cars safely.
https://bit.ly/32akdKk

Class Project Idea: Create your ideal future of rail in America. Remember, rail planning incorporates your science, tech...
08/23/2021

Class Project Idea: Create your ideal future of rail in America. Remember, rail planning incorporates your science, technology, engineering, and mathematics skills. This will be a fun group project! #FRASchool #STEM

Class Project Idea: Create your ideal future of rail in America. Remember, rail planning incorporates your science, technology, engineering, and mathematics skills. This will be a fun group project! #FRASchool #STEM

#SafetySaturday: Never play on or near railroad tracks. A train is closer than you think. #StayOffTheTracks
08/21/2021

#SafetySaturday: Never play on or near railroad tracks. A train is closer than you think. #StayOffTheTracks

#SafetySaturday: Never play on or near railroad tracks. A train is closer than you think. #StayOffTheTracks

#FunFactFriday: The Senate passed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill that will improve healthy, sustainable transportati...
08/20/2021

#FunFactFriday: The Senate passed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill that will improve healthy, sustainable transportation options for millions of Americans by modernizing and expanding transit and rail networks across the country. (via The White House)

#FunFactFriday: The Senate passed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill that will improve healthy, sustainable transportation options for millions of Americans by modernizing and expanding transit and rail networks across the country. (via The White House)

Hey Educators! Are you looking for creative ways to engage your students in STEM? Enthusiasm in learning can lead to a f...
08/19/2021

Hey Educators! Are you looking for creative ways to engage your students in STEM? Enthusiasm in learning can lead to a fulfilling career. Let us know how we can be a part of your classroom. #FRASchool

Hey Educators! Are you looking for creative ways to engage your students in STEM? Enthusiasm in learning can lead to a fulfilling career. Let us know how we can be a part of your classroom. #FRASchool

#TriviaTuesday: TRUE or FALSE Locomotive horns are required to sound for 15-20 seconds before entering all public grade ...
08/17/2021

#TriviaTuesday: TRUE or FALSE Locomotive horns are required to sound for 15-20 seconds before entering all public grade crossings.

#TriviaTuesday: TRUE or FALSE Locomotive horns are required to sound for 15-20 seconds before entering all public grade crossings.

#Back2Basics: #Railroaders know that Blue Signal is an important & successful regulation.  Keeping #RailroadWorkers who ...
08/16/2021

#Back2Basics: #Railroaders know that Blue Signal is an important & successful regulation. Keeping #RailroadWorkers who are on, under, or between railroad rolling equipment safe is a high priority.
https://bit.ly/32akdKk

#Back2Basics: #Railroaders know that Blue Signal is an important & successful regulation. Keeping #RailroadWorkers who are on, under, or between railroad rolling equipment safe is a high priority.
https://bit.ly/32akdKk

#SafetySaturday: It is never too soon to teach children about rail safety. #StayOffTheTracks
08/14/2021

#SafetySaturday: It is never too soon to teach children about rail safety. #StayOffTheTracks

#SafetySaturday: It is never too soon to teach children about rail safety. #StayOffTheTracks

08/13/2021
Workbook: PTC Implementation Status Report

#FunFactFriday: Positive Train Control (PTC) systems help prevent train-to-train collisions, over-speed derailments, incursions into established work zones, and movements of trains through switches left in the wrong position. Now nearly 58,000 route miles in America have PTC. https://bit.ly/3fv5LU5 #PTC #RailSafety

#TechyThursday: FRA conducts additional research on the Rail Crossing Violation Warning (RCVW) system in this Phase II p...
08/12/2021

#TechyThursday: FRA conducts additional research on the Rail Crossing Violation Warning (RCVW) system in this Phase II project to alert distracted drivers when a train is approaching. Read the report here: https://bit.ly/3xxHoLL

#TechyThursday: FRA conducts additional research on the Rail Crossing Violation Warning (RCVW) system in this Phase II project to alert distracted drivers when a train is approaching. Read the report here: https://bit.ly/3xxHoLL

#TriviaTuesday: Which subjects are helpful for a fulfilling career in transportation? A-Science; B-Technology; C-Enginee...
08/10/2021

#TriviaTuesday: Which subjects are helpful for a fulfilling career in transportation? A-Science; B-Technology; C-Engineering; D-Mathematics; E-ALL #FRASchool

#TriviaTuesday: Which subjects are helpful for a fulfilling career in transportation? A-Science; B-Technology; C-Engineering; D-Mathematics; E-ALL #FRASchool

#Back2Basics: Make yourself aware of Close Clearances. One moment of carelessness can lead to a lifetime of sorrow. Plea...
08/09/2021

#Back2Basics: Make yourself aware of Close Clearances. One moment of carelessness can lead to a lifetime of sorrow. Please perform your job as safely as possible. https://bit.ly/32akdKk

#Back2Basics: Make yourself aware of Close Clearances. One moment of carelessness can lead to a lifetime of sorrow. Please perform your job as safely as possible. https://bit.ly/32akdKk

#SafetySaturday: Do not take shortcuts over railroad tracks, only use designated crossings. #TracksAreForTrains #StayOff...
08/07/2021

#SafetySaturday: Do not take shortcuts over railroad tracks, only use designated crossings. #TracksAreForTrains #StayOffTheTracks

#SafetySaturday: Do not take shortcuts over railroad tracks, only use designated crossings. #TracksAreForTrains #StayOffTheTracks

#FunFactFriday: Did you know America’s freight railroads carry approximately 40 tons of freight for each person in the U...
08/06/2021

#FunFactFriday: Did you know America’s freight railroads carry approximately 40 tons of freight for each person in the United States every year? Many of the goods people use daily, such as: consumer products, automobiles, construction materials, food, and much more, are transported by trains.

#FunFactFriday: Did you know America’s freight railroads carry approximately 40 tons of freight for each person in the United States every year? Many of the goods people use daily, such as: consumer products, automobiles, construction materials, food, and much more, are transported by trains.

As Americans continue to vaccinate, we still need to protect our children, communities and essential workers against COV...
08/05/2021

As Americans continue to vaccinate, we still need to protect our children, communities and essential workers against COVID-19. Please wear a mask while traveling on public transportation. #MaskUpSaveLives
www.transportation.gov/maskup

As Americans continue to vaccinate, we still need to protect our children, communities and essential workers against COVID-19. Please wear a mask while traveling on public transportation. #MaskUpSaveLives
www.transportation.gov/maskup

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