Federal Railroad Administration Publishes Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

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The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register earlier this week. In it, the FRA is proposing to expand the scope of its alcohol and drug regulations to cover employees who perform maintenance-of-way (MOW) activities as mandated by the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (RSIA). In addition, FRA is proposing certain substantive amendments that either respond to National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommendations or update and clarify the alcohol and drug regulations based on a retrospective regulatory review (RRR) analysis.

Comments to the NPRM can be posted on the docket [No. FRA-2009-0039] and are due on or before September 26, 2014 at the following link:


The NPRM print copy can be viewed at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-28/pdf/2014-17195.pdf.