UltraLight Rail:
Federal Railway Administration Ruling

Summary of the Ruling:

[Federal Register: June 17, 1996 (Volume 61, Number 117)]
[Proposed Rules]               
[Page 30671-30724]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]

[[Page 30671]]

Part II

Department of Transportation

Federal Railroad Administration

49 CFR Parts 223, 229, 232, and 238

Passenger Equipment Safety Standards; Proposed Rule

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Federal Railroad Administration

49 CFR Parts 223, 229, 232, and 238

[FRA Docket No. PCSS-1; Notice No. 1]
RIN 2130-AA95

Passenger Equipment Safety Standards

AGENCY: Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), Department of 
Transportation (DOT).

ACTION: Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.


SUMMARY: FRA announces the initiation of rulemaking on rail passenger 
equipment safety standards. FRA requests comment on the need for 
particular safety requirements and the costs, benefits, and 
practicability of such requirements. FRA anticipates this rulemaking 
will address the inspection, testing, and maintenance of passenger 
equipment; equipment design and performance criteria related to 
passenger and crew survivability in the event of a train accident; and 
the safe operation of passenger train service, supplementing existing 
railroad safety standards. FRA also announces the formation of a 
working group to assist FRA in developing this rule. FRA makes 
available preliminary safety concepts that have been placed before the 
working group. This notice is issued in order to comply with the 
Federal Railroad Safety Authorization Act of 1994, to respond to 
concerns raised by the General Accounting Office and the National 
Transportation Safety Board, to respond to public concerns, to respond 
to petitions for rulemaking, and to consider possible regulations 
derived from experience in application of existing standards.

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updated 1996 December 30