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Railroad Safety- An Overview

susan_harr5 years ago

In Texas, railroad safety inspection and enforcement is handled through the Rail Safety Inspection Program, a joint effort on the state and national levels. The program is conducted by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) in coordination with the Federal Railroad Administration.

“The rail safety inspection program is directed toward the enforcement of state and federal rail safety standards for track, locomotives, freight cars, signal and train controls, operating practices of employees, and the transportation of hazardous materials,” Texas Department of Transportation.

About the Rail Safety Inspection Program

The Rail Safety Inspection Program allows TxDOT inspectors to conduct safety inspections of railroad facilities and equipment and monitor compliance with both state and federally-mandated safety regulations in the following areas:

  • hazardous materials
  • operating practices
  • motive power and equipment
  • signal and train control
  • track maintenance

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