FRA proposes rail-car reflector rule

FRA proposes rail-car reflector rule

The Federal Railroad Administration has proposed a rule that would establish specific requirements for the placement of reflective material on railroad freight cars, a rule aimed at improving safety at grade crossings.

"About one-quarter of all highway-rail crossing collisions involve a motor vehicle striking a train - we have learned that in many cases, motorists do not see trains moving or stopped, blocking highway-rail crossings," Federal Railroad Administrator Allan Rutter said in a Nov. 6 statement. "In proposing this action, we have taken into account numerous considerations raised by the railroad industry and others, and believe real safety benefits can be achieved while minimizing the cost to railroads and the nation's private car owners."

The government several years ago required additional reflective striping on tractor-trailers, to improve highway safety.