RSI Announces Support of FRA Proposed Rule on Freight Car Certification

Washington, D.C. – This week, the Railway Supply Institute (RSI) submitted comments to the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Freight Car Safety Standards Implementing the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

RSI President Patty Long released the following statement in support of the proposed rule:

“The Railway Supply Institute is pleased with the FRA’s proposed rule to protect the U.S. freight rolling stock supply chain and ensure our freight rail network is secure from bad actors and unfair competition,” said Long. “I applaud Congress and the FRA for prioritizing our domestic rail supply industry and American competitiveness.” 

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021 contained a provision to safeguard the North American freight rail industry and critical rail infrastructure from adversarial state-owned enterprises.  In response, on December 8, 2023, the FRA published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking requiring that freight rail cars operating in the U.S. cannot be manufactured in a “country of concern.” This standard also applies to sensitive technology on railcars. 

About the Railway Supply Institute (RSI)
The Railway Supply Institute (RSI) is dedicated to advancing safety, innovation, technology, and sustainability within the freight and passenger railway supplier industry, both in North America and global markets. As the voice of the industry, RSI strategically engages in critical and urgent industry matters by leveraging the technical expertise of our members to advocate in the legislative and regulatory arenas, foster education, host impactful events, and facilitate networking opportunities. For more information visit, follow RSI on Twitter and LinkedIn

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