FRA must hate passenger trains

March 12, 2015

I have gotten from three state government sources some clarification of what the real issue is between the Federal Railroad Administration and the Indiana Department of Transportation, and it is a bit bizarre. By the end of this year, the FRA expects to have rules in effect that require all state governments that subsidize passenger train services to register with the agency as railroads. FRA’s intentions were revealed to state transportation officials on February 17 at a meeting in Washington, D.C.

This strange and abrupt course of action is almost certain to ignite a firestorm of protests… It is unclear whether the new policy would also apply to state or local agencies that underwrite commuter train railroads, but logic suggests that it would…

Read the rest of the story in TRAINS by Fred Frailey, 11 March 2015.

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