When founded, the Federal Railroad Administration had the safety regulation functions of the ICC and the high-speed ground research mission of the Department of Commerce. New legislation in the past five years has given FRA a much broader research role. The general decision was made to concentrate efforts on near-or intermediate-term problems, rather than long-term advanced systems. Today there are four areas of emphasis: Rail safety, freight systems, passenger systems and "soft" research--as opposed to the hardware orientation of the preceding three missions. FRA has defined R&D goals and strategies to assure that all future R&D activities fit into an overall scheme.

  • Corporate Authors:

    American Society of Mechanical Engineers

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    New York, NY  United States  10016-5990
  • Authors:
    • Parsons, R E
  • Publication Date: 1976-4

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  • Accession Number: 00131755
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 3 1976 12:00AM