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The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) announced last week that the charter of the Railroad Safety Advisory Committee (RSAC) has been renewed for two years.
The FRA established RSAC on March 25, 1996, as a Federal Advisory Committee Act forum for collaborative rulemaking and program development. RSAC includes representatives from all the agency’s major stakeholder groups, including railroads, labor organizations, suppliers and manufacturers.
The renewed charter increases the number of represented organizations from 23 to 26 and the number of individual voting members from 34 to 51. The three new represented organizations are the American Association of Private Railroad Car Owners and the Association of State Rail Safety Managers, both previous members of RSAC, and the Commuter Rail Coalition, a new member.
The changes will increase the diversity of perspectives and organizations represented on RSAC and will improve its ability to provide inclusive and balanced recommendations to FRA on key rail safety matters, FRA officials said in a press release.
"This Railroad Safety Advisory Committee plays an important role helping the FRA improve the safety of passengers and workers throughout our rail industry," said FRA Deputy Administrator Amit Bose in a press release.
The previous RSAC charter went into effect Oct. 2, 2020.