Federal Railroad Administration

Federal Railroad Administration Follow us on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/USDOTFRA Comment policy: http://www.fra.dot.gov/Page/P0163 The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) was created by the Department of Transportation Act of 1966.
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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.

Mission: The Federal Railroad Administration’s mission is to enable the safe, reliable, and efficient movement of people and goods for a strong America, now and in the future.

Operating as usual

#SafetySaturday #NoTrespassing #AgainstTheLaw #StayOffTracks
02/27/2021

#SafetySaturday #NoTrespassing #AgainstTheLaw #StayOffTracks

Debbie Gladden, FRA’s first African-American woman Railroad Safety Specialist/Chief, has more than 18 years of rail expe...
02/26/2021

Debbie Gladden, FRA’s first African-American woman Railroad Safety Specialist/Chief, has more than 18 years of rail experience both in the rail industry and as a federal regulator. She started her rail career as a conductor for Norfolk Southern (NS) in 2002. She was promoted to trainmaster, then general foreman, prior to joining FRA in 2010 as a Railroad Safety Inspector (Operating Practices). In this FRA role, she oversaw compliance with OP regulations for six Class I railroads—NS, CSX, BNSF, UP, CN, KCS—Amtrak, and various shortline railroads. She was later promoted and assigned as Risk Reduction Chief for the former FRA Region 3, where she reviewed all reports for rail accidents and fatalities occurring in the southeastern U.S. to ensure they met FRA policies. She is currently part of FRA’s Safety Management Team-3, the group that serves as the main liaison with senior leadership of NS for the Office of Railroad Safety. Debbie is also a U.S. Army veteran who served during Operation Desert Shield. #BHM #BlackHistory365 #BlackHistoryNOW #IAmBlackHistory #STEM #WomeninSTEM #STEMCareers

#FRAResearch: Want to learn more about our latest research on #RailSafety & innovation? Get FRA’s Research Announcements...
02/25/2021

#FRAResearch: Want to learn more about our latest research on #RailSafety & innovation? Get FRA’s Research Announcements delivered every month, straight to your inbox. Sign up today: https://bit.ly/33dSQOS.

#ShareYourStory: Riding the train, you can see some of the most scenic parts of the USA. Show us your train scenes! #Ame...
02/24/2021

#ShareYourStory: Riding the train, you can see some of the most scenic parts of the USA. Show us your train scenes! #AmericaTheBeautiful

02/24/2021
Secretary Pete Buttigieg

In case you missed it!

Funding American transit cannot wait - we need to pass the American Rescue Plan now.

#TuesdayTrivia: Approximately ____ freight railroads operate across the United States.A-12; B-1,870; C-5; D-630
02/23/2021

#TuesdayTrivia: Approximately ____ freight railroads operate across the United States.
A-12; B-1,870; C-5; D-630

#Back2Basics: #Railroaders, don’t stop digging until you find the root! bit.ly/32akdKk #RailroadSafety
02/22/2021

#Back2Basics: #Railroaders, don’t stop digging until you find the root! bit.ly/32akdKk #RailroadSafety

#SafetySaturday #TrackAreForTrains #StayOffTheTracks #NoPhotography
02/20/2021

#SafetySaturday #TrackAreForTrains #StayOffTheTracks #NoPhotography

#FunFactFriday: James Jordan, Region 7 Railroad Administrator, is FRA’s youngest and the Agency’s first and only African...
02/19/2021

#FunFactFriday: James Jordan, Region 7 Railroad Administrator, is FRA’s youngest and the Agency’s first and only African-American Railroad Administrator. James created and implemented FRA’s dual certificate program. James has worked in three FRA regions including Washington, DC. James started his FRA career as an Operating Practices trainee. He held other roles such as CSX brakeman, conductor, engineer, yardmaster, and trainmaster. James earned his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Valdosta State University and his Masters in Public Administration from Walden University. The Sacramento Business Journal highlighted him as one of the city’s top 40 under 40 in 2013 and one of the top 100 Executives under 50 in 2015. James credits his father, James Jordan, Sr, a 43-year railroad vet, as a major influence on his career. #BlackHistoryNOW #IAmBlackHistory #STEM #STEMCareers

#FRAResearch: MGA Research Corp performed simulated dynamic crash testing of open-bay seats. The simulated tests used do...
02/18/2021

#FRAResearch: MGA Research Corp performed simulated dynamic crash testing of open-bay seats. The simulated tests used donated commuter rail passenger seats and two Hybrid-III 50th percentile (H3-50M) anthropomorphic test devices. This test determined if the existing passenger seats follow the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA’s) safety standard.

#ShareYourStory #TellFRA where your local train station is located! Here is Union Station not far from the U.S. Departme...
02/17/2021

#ShareYourStory #TellFRA where your local train station is located! Here is Union Station not far from the U.S. Department of Transportation headquarters in DC.

02/17/2021
Operation Lifesaver Inc.

Operation Lifesaver Inc.

Do you know what to do if your vehicle gets stuck or stalls at a crossing?

1️⃣ Get out of your car.
2️⃣ Locate the blue and white emergency notification sign.
3️⃣ Call the number provided for help.

#StopTrackTragedies

#TriviaTuesday: Train wheel _____ are uniquely designed to keep trains on the tracks as they round corners.A-bevels; B-d...
02/16/2021

#TriviaTuesday: Train wheel _____ are uniquely designed to keep trains on the tracks as they round corners.
A-bevels; B-divots; C-hollows; D-dents

#Back2Basics: It’s not about the device, it’s about DISTRACTION. Every time handheld electronic devices distract #railro...
02/15/2021

#Back2Basics: It’s not about the device, it’s about DISTRACTION. Every time handheld electronic devices distract #railroaders from their work, it’s like pulling a pin on a hand grenade …Don’t take risks! People’s lives are at stake. bit.ly/32akdKk #RailroadSafety

#PresidentsDay: Did you know President “Amtrak Joe” Biden took a daily roundtrip Amtrak train ride from Delaware to Wash...
02/15/2021

#PresidentsDay: Did you know President “Amtrak Joe” Biden took a daily roundtrip Amtrak train ride from Delaware to Washington, DC, for 36 years? #PresidentBiden #Amtrak (Image: NYT)

02/14/2021
Secretary Pete Buttigieg

Secretary Pete Buttigieg

Today, many Americans are unable to travel or safely spend Valentine's Day with a loved one.

The U.S. Department of Transportation is working every day to enhance safety so you can focus on what matters most.

#HappyValentinesDay Wishing much #love to you and yours!
02/14/2021

#HappyValentinesDay Wishing much #love to you and yours!

#TracksAreForTrains #StayOffTracks #SafetySaturday #KeeepKidsSafe
02/13/2021

#TracksAreForTrains #StayOffTracks #SafetySaturday #KeeepKidsSafe

02/12/2021
Secretary Pete Buttigieg

It's the Year of the Ox!

Happy #LunarNewYear! To all who celebrate, Chasten and I wish you strength and prosperity during this Year of the Ox.

#FunFactFriday In October 1995, Monique Ferguson Stewart was the first African-American female mechanical engineer hired...
02/12/2021

#FunFactFriday In October 1995, Monique Ferguson Stewart was the first African-American female mechanical engineer hired at FRA. Monique is a Senior Program Manager in the FRA Office of Research, Development, & Technology where she oversees Rolling Stock Equipment and Component projects such as brakes, wheels, roller bearing, and equipment health monitoring. Monique authored or co-authored over 60 technical publications and papers, many of which have been published or presented at both national and international rail industry conferences. She also serves as the Team Lead for Workforce Development addressing rail industry workforce challenges. Monique started her rail career with #CSX Transportation in Jacksonville, Florida. She is a proud #HBCU graduate who earned her undergraduate degree in Mathematics from North Carolina Central University and her second Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from a dual program at Georgia Tech. Monique is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated.
#BHM #BlackHistory365 #BlackHistoryNOW #IAmBlackHistory #STEM #WomeninSTEM #STEMCareers

Federal Highway Administration
02/12/2021

Federal Highway Administration

During Black History Month, we honor one of the transportation industry pioneers: Garrett Morgan, inventor of the 3-way traffic signal. FHWA’s National Highway Institute (NHI) now offers the Traffic Signal Design and Operation (NHI-133121V) course, virtually. You will receive training on effective traffic signal timing and optimization; signal design; and systems. Visit NHI’s website to register for this online course and learn about traffic signals and their usage in safeguarding members in your community. https://bit.ly/NHI_133121V_VILT

#FRAResearch @WeAreTTCI conducted impact tests with two F40 locomotives. One locomotive was retrofitted with crash energ...
02/11/2021

#FRAResearch @WeAreTTCI conducted impact tests with two F40 locomotives. One locomotive was retrofitted with crash energy management components, including a push-back coupler, deformable anti-climbers, and shear bolts. The impact test evaluated the performance of both vehicles under dynamic conditions. Read more here: https://bit.ly/3iOFUaa

FAMES ALERT: Dangers of trains and on-track equipment can be fatal for roadway workers. Always be mindful of the hazards...
02/10/2021

FAMES ALERT: Dangers of trains and on-track equipment can be fatal for roadway workers. Always be mindful of the hazards and risks while near trains, tracks, and equipment. #StayVigilant #FAMESAlert #FRASafety #railsafe

In accordance with the CDC COVID-19 guidelines, all passengers on public transportation must wear a mask. Show us your m...
02/10/2021

In accordance with the CDC COVID-19 guidelines, all passengers on public transportation must wear a mask. Show us your mask! #WearAMask #COVIDsafe #ShareWithFRA

#TuesdayTrivia What is the safest distance for you to stop your vehicle when a train is operating over a crossing? A-5 t...
02/09/2021

#TuesdayTrivia What is the safest distance for you to stop your vehicle when a train is operating over a crossing? A-5 to 10 feet; B-20 to 50 feet; C-2 to 5 feet

#Back2Basics: Don’t take chances. #Railroaders should know that being alert today means being alive tomorrow.  bit.ly/32...
02/08/2021

#Back2Basics: Don’t take chances. #Railroaders should know that being alert today means being alive tomorrow. bit.ly/32akdKk #RailroadSafety

#TracksAreForTrains #StayOffTracks #SafetySaturday
02/06/2021

#TracksAreForTrains #StayOffTracks #SafetySaturday

Secretary Pete Buttigieg met with Amtrak and transit officials as well as front line transit and rail workers at Union S...
02/05/2021

Secretary Pete Buttigieg met with Amtrak and transit officials as well as front line transit and rail workers at Union Station, in Washington, DC. He discussed the importance of the recently announced federal mask requirements for public transportation employees and users to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 and highlighted the Biden Administration’s support for additional COVID-19 relief funding for public transportation.

Secretary Buttigieg emphasized that the health and safety of the American public is the Biden Administration’s number-one priority. Mask-wearing, physical distancing, appropriate ventilation, and timely testing can reduce the risk of travelers spreading COVID-19. #WearAMask #COVID19Safe

#FunFactFriday: William T. Coleman Jr., was the first African American appointed as @USDOT Secretary. Under the Ford Adm...
02/05/2021

#FunFactFriday: William T. Coleman Jr., was the first African American appointed as @USDOT Secretary. Under the Ford Administration, Mr. Coleman served from 1975 to 1977. He was the fourth Secretary of Transportation and the second African American to hold a U.S. Cabinet-level position. (color image: Transportation History; monochrome image: New York Times)

02/04/2021
Secretary Pete Buttigieg

#TransitEquityDay

From highways that literally tore through Black neighborhoods to public transportation that continues to leave behind communities of color, inequity lies deeps within our transportation system.

On this Transit Equity Day, I’m committed to including partners on the state, local, tribal, and territorial levels to ensure we rebuild our nation’s infrastructure into something that creates opportunities for all, especially those who have been historically shut out.

Salute to Air Force Pilot Green. ✈️ 🇺🇸
02/04/2021
Federal Aviation Administration

Salute to Air Force Pilot Green. ✈️ 🇺🇸

During Black History Month, the FAA honors former United States Air Force Pilot Marlon Green, who took his discrimination case to the U.S. Supreme Court rather than backing down. Read about how his case helped establish anti-discrimination laws in aviation at https://bit.ly/3tng2Hk. #Pilot #BlackHistoryMonth

Happy Birthday Ms. Rosa Parks! #BlackHistoryMonth #blackhistory365 #RosaParks We thank you!
02/04/2021

Happy Birthday Ms. Rosa Parks! #BlackHistoryMonth #blackhistory365 #RosaParks We thank you!

Born 108 years ago today, Rosa Parks spent a lifetime fighting racism in America's transit system and beyond.

The U.S. Department of Transportation is committed to honoring her legacy by ensuring equity is central to everything we do.

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The FRA is led by an Administrator, who is nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate, and a Deputy Administrator also appointed by the President. The Administrator and Deputy work closely together in overseeing all aspects of FRA operations. This involves the development of freight and passenger rail policy, safety regulations and initiatives, legislation, and research and development activities, as well as enforcement of FRA safety regulations. The Administration is also committed to new management initiatives which provide a positive work environment and a high degree of productivity.

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