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The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) on Dec. 19 issued two Notices of Proposed Rulemakings (NPRMs), one updating current Track Safety Standards (TSS), the other updating existing Brake System Safety (BSS) requirements. FRA said the proposed rules changes are designed “to promote safety innovation and reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens.” Both “will increase rail safety as well as save time.”
The proposed TSS (49 CFR Part 213) amendments would allow continuous testing for rail inspections and would remove an inspection-method exception for high-density commuter lines. It would also add several recommendations by FRA’s Rail Safety Advisory Committee (RSAC).
Specifically, the TSS NPRM would:
The NPRM on Miscellaneous Amendments to Brake System Safety Standards and Codification of Waivers would make changes to portions of 49 CFR Parts 218, 221 and 232. It would:
“It’s time to modernize existing regulations to permit methods of inspecting, testing and maintaining track and mechanical equipment that are demonstrably safe,” said FRA Administrator Ronald L. Batory. “These updates are consistent with the performance and evidence-based standards that are already being used by many railroads.”
The proposed Track Safety Standards rule and the proposed Brake System Safety rule are on FRA’s website.
Public comments on both NPRMs will be due 60 days after the date of publication in the Federal Register.
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