Federal Railroad Administration

The Department of Transportation Act of 1966 established the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and is one of ten U.S. Department of Transportation agencies. The FRA regulates all passenger and freight rail travel in the United States on the national interconnected rail infrastructure.

The agency has multiple responsibilities, including creating and enforcing safety regulations for rail transportation, managing programs that help railroads, doing research to improve safety and transportation policies, supporting the rehabilitation of passenger service on the Northeast Corridor, and coordinating government support for rail transportation.

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