Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)

Washington, DC 20590


About Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)


1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590
United States

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The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) was created by the Department of Transportation Act of 1966 (49 U.S.C. 103, Section 3(e)(1)). The purpose of FRA is to: promulgate and enforce rail safety regulations; administer railroad assistance programs; conduct research and development in support of improved railroad safety and national rail transportation policy; provide for the rehabilitation of Northeast Corridor rail passenger service; and consolidate government support of rail transportation activities. Today, the FRA is one of ten agencies within the U.S. Department of Transportation concerned with intermodal transportation. It operates through seven divisions under the offices of the Administrator and Deputy Administrator.

Products and Press Releases

Front Range Passenger Rail District

Front Range Passenger Rail project accepted into FRA’s Corridor ID Program

Stakeholders celebrated the project’s acceptance into the FRA’s Corridor ID Program and heralded the project as a ‘once-in-a-lifetime chance to expand Colorado’s transportation...

Amtrak begins procurement process for Sawtooth Bridges Replacement Project

Nov. 21, 2023
In conjunction with NJ Transit, replacement of the Sawtooth Bridges is a key component of the Gateway Program to preserve and expand the busiest section of the Northeast Corridor...
Railroad Signals, PTC, Control Systems and Products

NTSB calls on FRA to formulate plan to incorporate new technology that prevents certain train collisions

NTSB released a report Nov. 1 that identified situations where new and emerging technologies can improve the nation’s existing PTC system and benefit rail safety.
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Safety & Security

TSA updates three security directives regulating passenger and freight railroad carriers

The security directives have been renewed for one year and include updates to enhance the cybersecurity of surface transportation systems and associated infrastructure.
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FRA to require image recording devices on all passenger trains

Oct. 13, 2023
The rule mandates locomotive video recording devices must remain operational while the controlling locomotive of a passenger train is in motion, with the aim to enhance safety...
L.A. Metro

L.A. Metro receives $38.3 million in funding for Doran Street Grade Separation Project

The funding comes from FRA’s Railroad Crossing Elimination Grant; The Doran Street crossing has one of the highest numbers of safety-related incidents involving vehicles, bicycles...

Amtrak OIG report finds Amtrak improved management of New Acela program, but delays, cost increases likely

Oct. 4, 2023
Amtrak OIG identified a lack of a validated computer model to support trainset testing and an incomplete schedule of addressing vehicle defects as two reasons for the delays of...

FRA awards UIUC $5 million to establish National University Rail Center of Excellence

Oct. 2, 2023
The National University Rail Center of Excellence is a driven initiative dedicated to increasing safety, efficiency and reliability of both passenger and freight rail transportation...

FRA opens $139 million in funding for the Special Transportation Circumstances program

Aug. 21, 2023
The funding supports projects that will upgrade and safeguard rail infrastructure in Alaska, South Dakota and Wyoming.
Alaska Railroad Corporation

Alaska Railroad celebrates 100th anniversary of 1923 golden spike moment

July 25, 2023
State officials, Alaska Railroad Corporation leadership, board and representatives from Washington, D.C., joined the celebration showcasing a century of progress, impact and dedication...

Articles & News


FRA awards $8.2 billion in funding for passenger rail projects through two grant programs

Dec. 11, 2023
The funding awarded will support 10 projects ready for construction throughout the U.S., as well as 69 corridors that have been identified for future passenger rail development...
Brightline West

Brightline West, Raleigh to Richmond Commuter Rail awarded federal rail grants

Dec. 6, 2023
The projects were awarded a combined $4 billion and aim to bring a combined 380 miles of passenger rail service into reality.

FRA awards $16.4 billion for 25 passenger rail projects along NEC

Nov. 7, 2023
The investment will overhaul infrastructure that outdates 99 percent of all living Americans by replacing or upgrading 12 major bridges and tunnels that are more than 100 years...

FRA awards $1.4 billion in funding for 70 rail improvement projects in 35 states and Washington, D.C.

Sept. 26, 2023
The funding is through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and marks the largest amount ever awarded for rail safety and rail supply chain upgrades through the CRISI program...
NTSB Chair Jennifer Homendy speaks at a press conference in June 2022 following the derailment of an Amtrak train in Mendon, Mo.
Safety & Security

NTSB determines probable cause of Amtrak derailments in Missouri, Montana

Aug. 3, 2023
The 2022 Missouri accident was caused by human error with the steep road grade at a crossing being a contributing factor, while the 2021 Montana accident was caused by poor track...
Michigan DOT
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FRA makes nearly $2.3 billion available in federal passenger rail grants

The available funding marks one of the largest investments of the past 50 years to expand intercity passenger and build high-speed rail projects.
A rendering of what the new Susquehanna River Rail Bridges will look like. Two bridges will replace an existing moveable bridge that was opened in 1906.

Amtrak prepares for $1.5-billion Susquehanna River Rail Bridge replacement project

Nov. 22, 2022
The railroad plans to issue solicitations in the coming months for a design-bid-build contract and a construction manager at risk contract.
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FRA opens $1.4 billion in CRISI funding

CRISI grants will invest in a range of projects that will mitigate passenger and freight rail congestion; enhance multi-modal connections and improve and establish new intercity...
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Adrianne R. Malasky Special Assistant to the Administrator, Federal Railroad Administration
40 Under 40

2022 40 Under 40: Adrianne R. Malasky

Aug. 23, 2022
Adrianne R. Malasky, Special Assistant to the Administrator, Federal Railroad Administration
Metropolitan Transportation Authority/Metro-North Railroad
MTA Police and Metro-North representatives during a Level Crossing Awareness event in June 2022. MTA is one of several entities to receive federal funding to support its trespassing and suicide prevention efforts.
Safety & Security

FRA awards more than $2 million in grants to support trespassing and suicide prevention efforts

June 14, 2022
More than 68 percent of the grants awarded will help efforts on intercity and commuter rail lines.

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MTA staff and police partners worked to inform motorists and pedestrians about grade-crossing safety as part of International Level Crossing Day.
Safety & Security

MTA, LIRR, Metro-North Railroad collaborate with MTA Police for International Level Crossing Awareness Day

The stationed teams distributed grade crossing safety brochures and materials to drivers at 10 railroad crossings in the Hudson Valley, Long Island and Connecticut as part of ...
FRA has awarded more than $570 million in Railroad Crossing Elimination Grant Program funding

FRA awards more than $570 million in Railroad Crossing Elimination Grant Program funding

June 6, 2023
The inaugural round of funding will address more than 400 at-grade crossings nationwide, improve safety and make it easier to get around railroad tracks.

KCATA applies for Corridor Identification and Development grant for potential intercity rail system

The proposed intercity rail corridor would impact 15 counties in the Kansas City Metro Area and would roughly extend from Topeka in the west to Independence on the east
The FRA released a SDEIS for the Washington Union Station Expansion Project

FRA releases Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Washington Union Station Expansion Project

May 16, 2023
The project would improve critical rail infrastructure to accommodate increased intercity and commuter rail service into the future.

FRA issues $5.8 million NOFO for new program that will advance intercity passenger rail development

May 9, 2023
The Interstate Rail Compacts Program will provide federal funding and technical assistance to entities implementing these compacts.

FRA issues $5 million NOFO to fund a rail research and development Center of Excellence

May 2, 2023
The new program, funded by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, will advance research and development efforts that seek to improve the safety, performance and sustainability...

FHWA issues RFI to help deliver surface transportation projects faster

FHWA will evaluate the submissions with the aim of reducing project delays through the development of more efficient and effective environmental reviews.

FRA wraps series of meetings evaluating the return and expansion of Amtrak Long-Distance Services

April 11, 2023
Mandated by the IIJA, the study will evaluate the restoration of daily passenger rail service along discontinued long-distance routes and current long-distance routes that operate...

OLI partnering with FRA to award $50,000 Innovative Rail Safety Competitive Grant to New York OL

April 7, 2023
The grant funds a targeted multifaceted education and outreach campaign to schools, school bus drivers, community groups, law enforcement agencies and other first responders to...