On May 30, 2013 the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) announced an action delaying the effective date of the final rule regarding Adjacent Track On-Track Safety for Roadway Workers until July 1, 2014. This final rule was originally published on November 30, 2011 (76 FR 74586) and had been scheduled to take effect on July 1, 2013. The final rule mandates that roadway workers comply with specified on-track safety procedures that railroads must adopt to protect those workers from the movement of trains or other on-track equipment on “adjacent controlled track.” The FRA is still reviewing two petitions for reconsideration as well as comments received on the petitions for reconsideration. Accordingly, the FRA has delayed implementation of the final rule, “in order to accommodate railroads’ normal training schedules and to allow railroads to incorporate any amendments that FRA’s response to the petitions and comments on the petitions may make to the final rule”.
The full text of this action may be viewed at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-06-05/pdf/2013-13291.pdf.