Federal Railroad Administration

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Federal Railroad Administration
Seal of the Department of Transportation
Agency overview
Formed April 1, 1967 (1967-04-01)
Jurisdiction United States Government
Headquarters Washington, DC
Employees 850
Annual budget $1.561 billion (2008)[1]
Agency executive
  • Sarah Feinberg, Administrator
Parent agency US Department of Transportation
Website Federal Railroad Administration

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is an agency in the United States Department of Transportation (DOT). The agency was created by the Department of Transportation Act of 1966.[2] The purpose of FRA is to promulgate and enforce rail safety regulations, administer railroad assistance programs, conduct research and development in support of improved railroad safety and national rail transportation policy, provide for the rehabilitation of Northeast Corridor rail passenger service, and consolidate government support of rail transportation activities.[3]


The FRA is one of 10 agencies within DOT concerned with intermodal transportation. It operates through seven divisions under the offices of the Administrator and Deputy Administrator. These divisions are: Financial Management and Administration, Chief Counsel, Civil Rights, Public Affairs, Public Engagement, Railroad Policy and Development, and Safety. It has a staff of about 850.[4]


Sarah Feinberg is Administrator of the FRA.[5] Feinberg is the second woman to lead the agency. Her appointment was announced by United States Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx on January 12, 2015 and confirmed on October 28, 2015.[5] Feinberg previously served as the Foxx's Chief of Staff, managing DOT's ten modal organizations, and spearheading its legislative, policy, and communications efforts.[6]

Previous FRA Administrators include:

  • Joe Szabo (2009-2014); the first FRA Administrator to be chosen from the ranks of railroad employment.[7][8][9]
  • Clifford C. Eby (Acting Administrator, December 2008-April 2009)
  • Joseph H. Boardman (2005-2008); currently President and CEO of Amtrak.[10][11]

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  1. ^ "U.S. Department of Transportation Fiscal Year 2009 Budget In Brief". Retrieved 2011-02-26. 
  2. ^ United States. Department of Transportation Act. 49 U.S.C. § 103, section 3(e)(1).
  3. ^ Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). "Federal Railroad Administration: About Us."
  4. ^ Federal Railroad Administration (2010). Washington, DC."About the FRA." Accessed 2010-08-28.
  5. ^ a b Michael Laris; Ashley Halsey III (28 October 2015). "Sarah Feinberg confirmed as new head of Federal Railroad Administration". The Washington Post. Retrieved 19 November 2015. 
  6. ^ "U.S Transportation Secretary Foxx Names Sarah Feinberg Acting Administrator of FRA". Briefing Room. Federal Railroad Administration. 2015-01-12.  Press release.
  7. ^ Progressive Railroading (April 30, 2009). "Senate confirms Szabo's nomination as FRA administrator". Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen. Retrieved May 3, 2009. 
  8. ^ "FRA's Szabo announces resignation". Metro Magazine. Retrieved 8 April 2015. 
  9. ^ "Senate confirms UTU's Szabo to FRA". UTU News (United Transportation Union). April 29, 2009. Retrieved May 3, 2009. 
  10. ^ "FRA Acting Administrator Named", APTA:Passenger Transport Express, December 5, 2008, accessed December 8, 2008
  11. ^ "Joseph H. Boardman Begins Role as New Administrator for Federal Railroad Administration With Focus on Rail Safety and Intercity Passenger Rail Reform" (Press release). FRA. June 1, 2005. Retrieved 2005-06-06. 

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