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DOT/FRA RIN: 2130-AC54 Publication ID: Spring 2022 
Title: Fatigue Risk Management Program 

This rulemaking would require certain railroads to establish and implement a Fatigue Risk Management Program (FRMP), as part of each System Safety Program (SSP) or Risk Reduction Program (RRP). This rulemaking would also require railroads to establish and update, at least once every two years, a written FRMP, which would either be a component of a railroad's SSP or RRP plan, as applicable. A FRMP is part of the statutory mandate in section 103 of the Rail Safety Improvement Act (RSIA), which directs FRA to issue a regulation requiring each Class I railroad, railroad with inadequate safety performance, and railroad that provides intercity rail passenger or commuter rail passenger transportation (passenger railroad) to develop, submit to FRA for review and approval, and implement a railroad safety risk reduction program. The FRMP is a required element of a railroad safety risk reduction program. Under this rule, FRA expects railroads to more efficiently use their resources to address fatigue issues, leading to marginal improvements in fatigue-caused accidents over time. Based on NTSB accident reports from 2000-2014, there have been 11 rail accidents in which fatigue was a factor, resulting in 116 injuries, 16 fatalities, and $47 million in property damages.

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 270    49 CFR 271   
Legal Authority: 49 U.S.C. 20103    49 U.S.C. 20106    49 U.S.C. 20107    49 U.S.C. 20118    49 U.S.C. 20119    49 U.S.C. 20156    49 U.S.C. 21301    49 U.S.C. 21304    49 U.S.C. 21311   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  12/22/2020  85 FR 83484   
NPRM Comment Period End  02/22/2021 
Final Rule  06/00/2022 
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
Department of Transportation
Federal Railroad Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE,
Washington, DC 20590
Phone:202 493-8014