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DOT/FRA RIN: 2130-AC85 Publication ID: Fall 2020 
Title: +Metrics and Minimum Standards for Intercity Passenger Rail Service 

Section 207 of the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 requires FRA and Amtrak to jointly develop the Metrics and Standards. Specifically, section 207 requires the Metrics and Standards to address the following topics: cost recovery; on-time performance and minutes of delay; ridership; on-board services; stations; facilities; equipment; and other services. In addition, section 207 requires the Metrics to include: the percentage of avoidable and fully allocated operating costs covered by passenger revenues on each route; ridership per train mile operated; measures of on-time performance and delays incurred by intercity passenger trains on rail lines of each rail carrier; and for long-distance routes, measures of connectivity with other routes in all regions currently receiving Amtrak service and the transportation needs of communities and populations that are not well-served by other forms of intercity transportation. In compliance with the statutory directive, the proposed Metrics and Standards will be organized into four categories: on-time performance and train delays, customer service, financial, and public benefits. FRA has not yet estimated costs and benefits. The benefits will primarily accrue from the expected improvement in intercity passenger rail service and performance.

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: Deregulatory 
CFR Citation: Not Yet Determined     (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)
Legal Authority: Pub. L. 110-432   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
NPRM  Statutory  Metrics and Standards  04/16/2009 
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  03/31/2020  85 FR 17835   
NPRM Comment Period End  06/01/2020 
Final Rule  12/00/2020 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:   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