FRA: Passenger Cars’ Vestibule, Interior Doors Must Have Removable Panels, Windows

A new rule recently announced by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) requires that passenger cars’ vestibule and interior passageway doors be fitted with removable panels and windows and also a manual override to open doors.

This, the FRA said, will allow for passage if the car’s doors do not open.

The new rule also mandates floor or low-level lighting marking exit paths to assist passengers in reaching and operating emergency exists, particularly under conditions of limited visibility.  The FRAis adding standards to ensure that emergency lighting systems are provided in all passenger cars, and strengthening requirements for the survivability of emergency lighting systems in new passenger cars.