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DOT/FRA RIN: 2130-AC94 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: Amendments to the Freight Car Safety Standards Implementing the Safe Trains Act 

FRA proposes to amend the Freight Car Safety Standards (FCSS) to comply with the SAFE TRAINS Act, which mandates FRA to issue regulations to implement the statute.  The SAFE TRAINS Act places certain restrictions on freight cars operating in the United States including: (1) Limiting content that originates from a country of concern (COC) or is sourced from a state-owned enterprise (SOE); and (2) prohibiting the use of sensitive technology that originates from a COC or SOE.  This regulation would implement the SAFE TRAINS Act by codifying a process for FRA to monitor and enforce industry compliance with the SAFE TRAINS Act.  FRA’s implementation of the Act would help carry out its goal to protect the U.S. freight rail industry from irreparable harm from COCs and SOEs.          

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 
CFR Citation: 49 CFR 215   
Legal Authority: 49 U.S.C. 20171(c)(1)    49 U.S.C. 20103   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Final  Statutory  49 U.S.C. 20171(c)(1) mandates that FRA issue regulations carrying out the SAFE TRAINS Act requirements by November 15, 2023  11/15/2023 
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  12/00/2023 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
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