Federal Railroad Administration January 24, 2014 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Track Safety Standards; Improving Rail Integrity
Document Number: 2014-01387
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-01-24
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is amending the Federal Track Safety Standards to promote the safety of railroad operations by enhancing rail flaw detection processes. In particular, FRA is establishing minimum qualification requirements for rail flaw detection equipment operators, as well as revising requirements for effective rail inspection frequencies, rail flaw remedial actions, and rail inspection records. In addition, FRA is removing regulatory requirements concerning joint bar fracture reporting. This final rule is intended to implement section 403 of the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (RSIA).