The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register on July 28, 2014. 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.
We encourage DATIA members to review the proposed rule and submit comments on or before September 26, 2014. DATIA will also be submitting comments based on input from its Legislative and Regulatory Committee and Board of Directors.