On August 12th, FRA issued the Final Rule Part 270 on System Safety Programs for commuter and intercity passenger rail and affects host railroads that support passenger operations.  This rule establishes new criteria for passenger railroads to consult with their employees in the development of their SSPPs and submittal for FRAs approval.  This rule becomes effective October 11, 2016 and has implications for passenger operations conducted by service contractors and conducted over a host railroad (typically freight or short line) trackage under a service agreement.


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