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FRA proposes passenger-car safety regulations


Passenger-rail cars will need to feature more emergency safety enhancements under regulations proposed by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). The regulations would require new and existing cars to have additional window exits and rescue access windows on each side of the car, as well as an enhanced emergency communication system.

The FRA is accepting written comments on the proposed rulemaking until Oct. 23.

The regulations are the latest in a series of passenger rail-car safety improvements the FRA has introduced this year. The administration conducted a full-scale test to evaluate crash energy management technology designed to keep a train upright on tracks and prevent passenger seating areas from being crushed in the event of an impact. The FRA also unveiled a simulator that rotates a commuter-rail car up to 180 degrees to train emergency responders on how to rescue passengers after a rollover accident.

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