Regulatory documents related to rail issues.
Topic DOT Docket Number Comments Due to APTA Comments
Due to FTA
APTA Comments Result
​Proposed General Directive 17–1; Stop Signal Overruns on Rail Fixed Guideway Public Transportation Systems: Notice of proposed general directive; request for comments​ ​FTA-2016-0041 ​3/13/16 ​3/20/17 ​Final Comments
Passenger Equipment Safety Standards; Standards for Alternative Compliance and High-Speed Trainsets​ ​FRA–2013–0060 ​1/30/17 ​2/6/17 Extension Request

Additional Comments 8/21/17​

​Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request
​FRA-2010-0002-N-23 ​11/15/16 ​11/22/16 ​Final Comments
Hazardous Materials: Enhanced Tank Car Standards and Operational Controls for High-Hazard Flammable Trains​ ​PHMSA–2017–0102 ​10/23/17 ​11/1/17
Railworthiness Directive for Certain Railroad Tank Cars Equipped With Bottom Outlet Valve Assembly and Constructed by American Railcar Industries and ACF Industries ​ ​FRA-2016-0002 ​N/A ​N/A ​N/A
​Petition for Special Approval of Alternate Standard
​FRA-2016-0045 ​N/A N/A ​N/A
Competitive Passenger Rail Service Pilot Program: NPRM​ ​FRA-2016-0023 ​8/15/16 ​8/22/16
​Benefit-Cost Analysis Guidance for Rail Projects: Notice and Request for Comments
​FRA-2016-0040 N/A ​N/A ​N/A
Categorical Exclusion Survey Review​ ​FRA-2016-0053​ ​N/A ​N/A
Railroad Safety Advisory Committee (RSAC): Charter Renewal​ ​FRA-2000-7257 Notice 82 ​N/A ​N/A ​N/A
​​FTA Safety Advisory 16-2: Third Rail Data Collection​​ ​FTA Safety Advisory 16-2 ​N/A ​N/A

Train Crew Staffing: NPRM

Notice of public hearing and reopening of comment period​

​FRA-2014-0033 8/10/16 8/15/16 Draft Comments 7/22/16​ Extension of Comment Period ​
Use of Locomotive Horns at Public Highway-Rail Grade Crossings: Notice of Safety Inquiry ​FRA-2016-0010 ​N/A ​N/A
Agency Request for Emergency Processing of Collection of Information by the Office of Management and Budget: Notice​ ​FRA-2016-0002 ​N/A ​N/A
​Positive Train Control Systems: Final Rule​ ​FRA-2016-0012 ​N/A ​​N/A
​​DOT-OST: Notice:  Adjustment to Rail Passenger Transportation Liability CapAdjustment to Rail Passenger Transportation Liability Cap ​N/A ​N/A ​N/A ​N/A ​N/A
Best Practices for Designing Vision Field Tests for Locomotive Engineers or Conductors​ ​FRA-2015-0123 ​N/A ​1/25/16 ​N/A
Locomotive Alerters Resetting Without Direct Engineer Action​ ​Safety Advisory 2015-06 ​N/A ​N/A ​N/A ​N/A
​Information and Guidance on the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Emergency Window Exits on Railroad Passenger Cars​ ​FRA Notice ​N/A ​N/A ​N/A ​N/A
​Ballast Defects and Conditions: Importance of Identification and Repair in Preventing Development of Unsafe Combinations of Track Conditions​ ​FRA Safety Advisory 2015–04 ​N/A ​N/A N/A ​N/A
​Operational and Signal Modifications for Compliance with Maximum Authorized Passenger Train Speeds and Other Speed Restrictions​ ​FRA: Safety Advisory 2015-03 ​N/A ​N/A ​N/A ​N/A
Emergency Order Under 49 U.S.C.20104 Establishing Requirements for the National Railroad Passenger Corporation To Control Passenger Train Speeds at Certain Locations Along the Northeast Corridor​ ​FRA: Emergency Order No. 31
Notice No. 1
​N/A ​N/A ​N/A ​N/A
Risk Reduction Program: NPRM FRA-2009-0038 4/22/15 4/28/15

Final Comments 8/12/19

Final Comments

Notice of comment period reopening
State Safety Oversight: NPRM FTA-2015-0003 4/22/15 4/28/15 Final Comments
Filing Process for Petitions for Waiver and Other Exemptions, Applications, and Special Approvals: Notice FRA-2015-0009 N/A N/A N/A
Roadway Worker Authority Limits—Importance of Clear Communication,
Compliance With Applicable Rules and Procedures, and Ensuring That
Appropriate Safety Redundancies Are in Place in the Event of Miscommunication or Error
FRA-Safety Advisory 2014-02 N/A N/A N/A Correction 12/1/14
Training-Qualification and Oversight for Safety-Related Railroad
FRA–2009–0033- N/A N/A Petition for Reconsideration
Submitted by APTA, American Short Line and Regional Railroad Assoc., and National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Assoc.

Final Rule: Delay of Implementation 4/27/18 ​

Final Rule 11/7/14

Cover Letter for FRA Response to Petition of Reconsideration

FRA Response​

Positive Train Control Systems (RRR)-Final Rule FRA–2011–0061 N/A N/A Final Rule 8/22/14
FRA Office of Railroad Safety: Collaborative Incident Analysis and Human Performance Handbook May 2014 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Control of Alcohol and Drug Use: Coverage of Maintenance of Way Employees, Retrospective Regulatory Review-Based Amendments (RRR); Proposed Rule FRA–2009–0039 11/17/14 11/25/14

Final Comments 11/25/14

Petition for Reconsideration​

Final Rule Notice ​
Signal Systems Reporting Requirements FRA–2012–0104 Final Rule
Verification of Rail Vehicle Safe Stopping Distances in Terminal Stations Safety Advisory 14–2
Revisions to Passenger Train Emergency Preparedness Regulations FRA–2011–0062 N/A N/A N/A Final Rule 3/31/14
Passenger Train Exterior Side Door Safety NPRM FRA-2011-0063 N/A N/A N/A
Critical Incident Stress Plans Final Rule FRA-2008-0131 N/A N/A N/A
Track Safety Standards; Improving Rail Integrity FRA-2011-0058

Final Rule 1/24/14

Final Rule Correction 1/29/14

Railroad Workplace Safety; Adjacent-Track On-Track Safety for Roadway Workers FRA–2008–0059 N/A N/A N/A

Final Rule Amendment

Final Rule Response to Petitions

Right-of-Way Worker Protection FTA Safety Advisory 14–1 N/A N/A N/A
Operational Tests and Inspections for
Compliance With Maximum Authorized
Train Speeds and Other Speed
FRA Safety Advisory 2013–08 N/A N/A N/A
Adjustment of Monetary Threshold for Reporting Rail Equipment Accidents/ Incidents for Calendar Year 2014 FRA–2008–0136, Notice No. 6 N/A N/A N/A Final Rule
Second Interim Statement of Agency Policy and Interpretation on the Hours of Service Laws as Amended in 2008 FRA-2013-0011 11/18/13 11/25/13

Comment sought on scoping document for development of a proposed program comment to govern review of Positive Train Control Facilities under section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act

Comment Sought on Draft Program Comment to Govern Review of Positive Train Control Facilities Under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.

WT Docket No. 13-240





Final Comments FCC Comments
Critical Incident Stress Plans FRA 2008-0131 8/27/2013 Final Comments

Emergency Order 28

FRA guidance

Safety Advisory 2013-06 PHMSA 2013-0196 N/A N/A N/A
Request for Extension – Periodic Brake Equipment Maintenance FRA-2007-28306 N/A N/A April 19, 2013 APTA Request June 25, 2013 FRA Approval
Systems for Telephonic Notification of Unsafe Conditions at Highway-Rail and Pathway Grade Crossings FRA-2009-0041 N/A N/A N/A Final Rule

Final Rule; response to petition for reconsideration 3/15/13

Vehicle/Track Interaction Safety Standards; High-Speed and High Cant Deficiency Operations FRA-2009-0036 N/A N/A N/A Final Rule 3/13/13
Safety Advisory 2013-02; Low Speed, Wheel-Climb Derailments of Passenger Equipment with “Stiff” Suspension Systems Safety Advisory 2013-02 N/A N/A N/A
Control of Alcohol and Drug Use:  Addition of Post-Accident Toxicological Testing for Non-Controlled Substances Final Rule FRA-2010-0155 N/A N/A N/A
National Highway-Rail Crossing Inventory Reporting Requirements FRA-2011-0007 N/A N/A N/A

Final Rule 1/7/15

Response to Petition for Reconsideration

Alcohol and Drug Testing:  Determination of Minimum Random Testing Rates for 2013.  Notice of Determination

Notice No. 17

FRA-2001-11213 N/A N/A N/A

Final Rule 7/7/15​

Notice No. 20​

FRA Locomotive Safety Standards FRA-2009-0094 N/A N/A N/A Final Rule 12/19/12

FRA – NPRM: System Safety Program

Reopening of Comment period

FRA–2011–0060 11/1/12



Final Comments 8/12/19

Request for extension of the comment period 11/2/2012

Final Comments 12/7/2012

Final Rule 8/12/16
FRA – NPRM Railroad Workplace Safety; Roadway Worker Protection Miscellaneous Revisions (RRR) FRA-2008-0086 10/10/12 10/19/12 Final Comments 10/19/2012 Final Rule 6/10/16

Statement of Agency Policy and Interpretation on the Hours of Service Laws as Amended; Response to Public Comment

Note: this document deals primarily with freight railroads but has applicability to passenger rail signal maintenance


Notice No. 2

FRA – Notice of Proposed Rule Making – Passenger Train Emergency Systems II FRA–2009–0119, Notice No. 1 2/20/2012 3/5/2012 Final Rule


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