On October 07, 2020 (85 FR 63362), the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) published a final rule in the federal register revising its regulations in 49 CFR Part 213 governing the minimum safety requirements for railroad track. The changes include allowing inspection of rail using continuous rail testing; allowing the use of flange-bearing frogs in crossing diamonds; relaxing the guard check gage limits on heavy-point frogs used in Class 5 track; removing an inspection-method exception for highdensity commuter lines; and other miscellaneous revisions. Overall, the revisions will benefit track owners, railroads, and the public by reducing unnecessary costs and incentivizing innovation, while improving rail safety. This final rule is effective October 7, 2020.
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