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DOT/FRA RIN: 2130-AC10 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Alcohol and Controlled Substance Testing for Maintenance-of-Way Employees 

This rulemaking would revise the Federal Railroad Administration´s (FRA) alcohol and drug regulations to cover all employees of railroads, railroad contractors, and subcontractors who perform maintenance-of-way activities. The FRA alcohol and drug regulations (49 CFR 219) contain certain prohibitions on the use and possession of alcohol and drugs. The regulations also contain requirements for post-accident toxicological (PAT) testing, random testing, reasonable cause testing, reasonable suspicion testing, co-worker and voluntary referral policies, pre-employment drug testing, and reporting. Currently, the regulations only apply to covered employees (defined as employees assigned to perform covered service subject to the Hours of Service Act, 49 U.S.C. Ch. 211). In response to a statutory mandate, the final rule would expand coverage of part 219 to employees who perform maintenance-of-way (MOW) activities. This rulemaking would also make other miscellaneous updates to part 219.

Agency: Department of Transportation(DOT)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 49 CFR 219   
Legal Authority: Pub. L. No. 220-432, Div. A, 122 Stat. 4848 et seq.    Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008    section 412 (uncodified)   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Final  Statutory  Final Rule  10/16/2010 
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  07/28/2014  79 FR 43830   
NPRM Comment Period Extended  09/25/2014  79 FR 57495   
NPRM Comment Period End  09/26/2014 
Comment Period End  11/25/2014 
Final Rule  06/10/2016  81 FR 37894   
Final Rule Effective  06/12/2017 
Final Rule Effective  06/12/2017 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:   Public Comment URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Kathryn Gresham
Trial Attorney
Department of Transportation
Federal Railroad Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE,
Washington, DC 20590
Phone:202 493-6063