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DOT/FRA RIN: 2130-AC11 Publication ID: Fall 2019 
Title: +Risk Reduction Program 

This rule requires each Class I freight railroad and each freight railroad with inadequate safety performance to develop and implement a Risk Reduction Program (RRP) to improve the safety of its operations. RRP is a comprehensive, system-oriented approach to safety that determines a railroad operation's level of risk by identifying and analyzing applicable hazards, and involves developing plans to mitigate, if not eliminate, that risk. Each railroad has flexibility to tailor an RRP to its specific railroad operations. Each railroad must implement its RRP under a written RRP plan that FRA has reviewed and approved and conduct an annual internal assessment of its RRP. FRA will audit railroad's RRP processes and procedures. Section 103 of the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (RSIA) mandates this rulemaking.

Agency: Department of Transportation(DOT)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Regulatory 
CFR Citation: 49 CFR 271   
Legal Authority: Pub. L. 110-432, Div. A, 122 Stat. 4848 et seq.    Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008    sec. 103, 49 U.S.C. 20156 "Railroad Safety Risk Reduction Program"   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Final  Statutory  Final Rule  10/16/2012 
Action Date FR Cite
ANPRM  12/08/2010  75 FR 76345   
ANPRM Comment Period End  02/07/2011 
NPRM  02/27/2015  80 FR 10950   
NPRM Comment Period End  04/28/2015 
NPRM Comment Period Reopened  07/30/2015  80 FR 45500   
NPRM Comment Period End  09/10/2015 
Final Rule  11/00/2019 
Additional Information: SB - N, IC - N, SLT - N A comment on this rulemaking was received during the RRR process. Following publication of an ANPRM, FRA held hearings on July 19, 2011 (Chicago, IL), and July 21, 2011 (Washington, DC). Following NPRM publication, FRA held a hearing on August 27, 2015, and reopened the NPRM comment period several times to accommodate comments submitted in response to the hearing and information provided at a September 29, 2015, RSAC RRP Working Group Meeting.
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:
Amanda Maizel
Attorney Adviser
Department of Transportation
Federal Railroad Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE,
Washington, DC 20590
Phone:202 493-8014