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Track Safety Standards Part 213 Classes 1-5 Workshop –Understanding the FRA Track Safety Standards and the track inspection process.
October 21-24, 2014
Council Bluffs, Iowa
This 3.5 day workshop uses an interactive approach to introduce you to the FRA Track Safety Standards (TSS) for Classes of track 1-5. Class 1, Regional and Short Line operators, Industrial plants, and contractors will find this workshop valuable for those responsible for compliance with the TSS. Upon completion of this course, attendees will have an introductory understanding of how to apply TSS for inspecting track, recording defects, and taking necessary remedial action.

Emphasis during this course is placed on: FRA Qualification, Compliance, Railroad/Track Owner Responsibility, Class Specific Defects, Non Class Specific Defects, Turnout Inspections, Rail Defects, and Inspection Report Requirements.

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R.E.B. Alert

Here's a brief look at what’s happening in the world of FRA Regulations.

Part 239 – Passenger Train Emergency Preparedness Regulations - ?FRA is amending its existing regulation entitled Passenger Train Emergency Preparedness by revising or clarifying various provisions. The final rule clarifies that railroad personnel who communicate or coordinate with first responders during emergency situations must receive certain initial and periodic training and be subject to operational tests and inspections related to the railroad's emergency preparedness plan. The final rule also clarifies that railroads must develop procedures in their emergency preparedness plans that specifically address the safety of passengers with disabilities during actual and simulated emergency situations, such as during train evacuations. The rule also limits the need for FRA to formally approve certain purely administrative changes to approved emergency preparedness plans. In addition, the final rule requires that operational tests and inspections be conducted in accordance with a program that meets certain minimum requirements. Finally, the rule removes as unnecessary the provision discussing the preemptive effect of the regulations.This final rule is effective July 29, 2014.


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