Rail Safety: Challenges, Oversight Issues and Positive Train Control


Sharon Niel (Editor)

Series: Transportation Issues, Policies and R&D
BISAC: TRA000000

The Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) rail-safety oversight framework relies on inspections to ensure railroads comply with federal safety regulations. FRA inspects railroad infrastructure and operations, identifies safety defects and, if warranted, cite the railroads for violations of federal safety regulations.

This book examines the overall framework that FRA, the states, and the railroads use to ensure rail safety; the extent to which FRA and the railroads assess safety risks and allocate resources to address those risks; and what challenges, if any, exist to FRA’s current safety framework, and what ongoing and emerging issues FRA faces. (Imprint: Novinka )

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 – Rail Safety: Improved Human Capital Planning Could Address Emerging Safety Oversight Challenges (pp. 1-44)
United States Government Accountability Office

Chapter 2 – Positive Train Control: Additional Authorities Could Benefit Implementation (pp. 45-86)
United States Government Accountability Office


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