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Final rule requires proactive safety approach for passenger railroads

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Washington – Passenger railroads will need to adopt additional proactive safety measures to prevent incidents, injuries and fatalities, according to a final rule from the Federal Railroad Administration.

Under the System Safety Program, railroads must develop a defined, quantifiable safety culture. Other requirements include identifying possible safety hazards and taking steps to mitigate them while demonstrating how to stay in compliance with FRA regulations.

“This new rule will help passenger railroads achieve the next generation of rail safety,” FRA Administrator Sarah Feinberg in a July 29 press release.

“Operating a railroad safely requires more than simply not having an incident – it demands looking for problems before they cause an injury or a fatality,” Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx said in the release.

The rule will take effect 60 days after publication in the Federal Register. It had not been published as of press time.

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