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DOT/FRA RIN: 2130-AC83 Publication ID: Spring 2020 
Title: Railroad Noise Emission Compliance Regulations 
Abstract: The Noise Control Act of 1972 requires EPA to promulgate regulations setting the standards for noise emissions from railroad equipment and facilities, and it requires FRA (as delegated by the Secretary) to enforce those standards. EPA's noise emission standards and FRA's compliance regulations for train operations were issued in the 1970s and are not suitable for high-speed train operations above 160 m.p.h. EPA and FRA anticipate any change for these higher-speed operations to be consistent with international practice. In the absence of a rule change, implementation of higher-speed train operations may be impractical and/or restricted to a limited number of market participants and types of technologies. Accordingly, FRA expects the rulemaking to be an enabling, deregulatory action. 
Agency: Department of Transportation(DOT)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Deregulatory 
CFR Citation: 49 CFR 201    49 CFR 210   
Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 4916   
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  11/00/2020 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL: www.regulations.gov   Public Comment URL: www.regulations.gov  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Related Agencies: Joint: EPA; 
Agency Contact:
Amanda Maizel
Attorney Adviser
Department of Transportation
Federal Railroad Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE,
Washington, DC 20590
Phone:202 493-8014
Email: amanda.maizel@dot.gov