The rail safety inspection program is directed toward the enforcement of state and federal rail safety standards for track, locomotives, freight cars, signal and train controls, operating practices of employees, and the transportation of hazardous materials.
The rail safety program is conducted in coordination with the Federal Railroad Administration.
Rail Safety and Security Program
TxDOT rail safety inspectors conduct safety inspections of railroad facilities and equipment. They also monitor compliance with both state and federally-mandated safety regulations in the areas of hazardous materials, operating practices, motive power and equipment, signal and train control, and track.
Texas is currently participating in the Federal Railroad Administration's (FRA) Rail State Safety Participation Program under 49 CFR Part 212 which allows states to enter into an agreement with FRA for the delegation of specified authority. This includes investigative and surveillance authority regarding all or any part of Federal railroad safety laws.
State Safety Oversight
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) created the State Safety Oversight (SSO) Program to improve rail transit safety and security.
Rail Fixed-Guideway Systems (RFGS) affected by this program include any light, heavy, or rapid rail system, monorail, inclined plane, funicular, trolley or automated guideway operating within the state's jurisdiction that:
Detailed information about the program can be found in the State Safety and Security Oversight Program Standard.
Rail Transit Agencies
There are currently two RFGS's subject to the provisions of the SSO program:
|Dallas Area Rapid Transit||1401 Pacific Ave.
Dallas, TX 75202
|Metropolitan Transit Authority
of Harris County
|1900 Main St.,
Houston, TX 77208