Railroad Safety


To reduce railroad-related casualties and accidents.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Investigation of Complaints.
Program Accomplishments
In calendar year 2003, the Office of Safety anticipates assigning a total of 2,900 requests for investigations from the private sector on railroad safety matters.
Department of Transportation Act of 1966, as amended, Public Law 89-670, 49 U.S.C. 1651-1659; Federal Railroad Safety Act of 1970, as amended, Public Law 91-458, as amended, Public Law 93- 90, 45 U.S.C. 421-441.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Anyone concerned with railroad safety.
Beneficiary Eligibility
General public.
None required.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
None. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
Contact Federal Railroad Administration headquarters, preferably by letter.
Award Procedure
Not applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
Enforcement of all Federal laws and related regulations designed to promote safety of all railroads including Federal Track Safety Regulations, Safety Appliance and Freight Car Safety Standards, Hazardous Materials Regulations, Employee Hours of Service and Power Brake Rules. Investigation of safety-related complaints and evaluation of petitions requesting waivers from standards, rules, and regulations.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Not applicable.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Not applicable.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Regional Administrator, 55 Broadway, Room 1077, Cambridge, MA 02142. Telephone: (617) 494-2302. Regional Administrator, International Plaza II, Suite 550, Philadelphia, PA 19113. Telephone: (610) 521-8200. Regional Administrator, 61 Forsyth Street, SW., Suite 16T20, Atlanta Federal Center, Atlanta, GA 30303- 3104. Telephone: (404) 562-3800. Regional Administrator, 111 West Adam Street, Suite 310, Chicago, IL 60606. Telephone: (312) 353-6203. Regional Administrator, 8701 Bedford Euless Road, Suite 425, Hurst, TX 76053. Telephone: (817) 284-8142. Regional Administrator, 901 Locust Street, Suite 464, Kansas City, MO 64106. Telephone: (816) 329-3840. Regional Administrator, 801 I Street, Suite 466, Sacramento, CA 95814. Telephone: (916) 498-6540. Regional Administrator, The Murdock Executive Plaza, 703 Broadway, Suite 650, Vancouver, WA 98660. Telephone: (360) 696-7536.
Headquarters Office
Associate Administrator for Safety, Federal Railroad Administration, Mail Stop 25, 1120 Vermont Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20590. Telephone: (202) 493-6304.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Salaries and Expenses) FY 02 $52,368,453; FY 03 est $48,901,000,000; and FY 04 est $51,501,000. Total salaries and expenses under the appropriation include regulatory functions in addition to investigation of complaints.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Investigation of complaints against railroads for violation of railroad safety rules and regulations.


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