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Rail Transportation

Rail transportation

General

▶AGENCIES

Federal Railroad Administration (Transportation Dept.), 1200 New Jersey Ave. S.E., 3rd Floor, 20590; (202) 493-6014. Fax, (202) 493-6481. Amit Bose, Administrator. Public Affairs, (202) 493-6024.

General email, frapa@dot.gov

Web, www.fra.dot.gov, Twitter, @USDOTFRA and Facebook, www.facebook.com/USDOTFRA

Develops national rail policies; enforces rail safety laws; administers financial assistance programs available to states and the rail industry; conducts research and development on improved rail safety. Operates eight regional offices.

Federal Railroad Administration (Transportation Dept.), Public Engagement, West Bldg., 1200 New Jersey Ave. S.E., MS 10, 20590; (202) 493-6014. Fax, (202) 493-6481. Vacant, Director, (202) 493-1305.

General email, frapa@dot.gov

Web, https://railroads.dot.gov/office-administrator/office-public-engagement/office-public-engagement

Plans, coordinates, and administers activities related to railroad economics, finance, traffic and network analysis, labor management, and transportation planning, as well as intermodal, environmental, emergency response, and international programs.

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