ORS inspectors work in partnership with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to enforce federal railroad safety regulations by conducting routine compliance inspections. The partnership between the FRA and the ORS focuses on regulatory oversight activities to promote safety in railroad operations with the goal of reducing rail-related accidents, incidents, and casualties. Annually, the ORS inspects approximately 2,600 miles of track and accompanying railroad operations.
The ORS shares the responsibility for railroad safety oversight with the FRA in two areas:
1) Track and
2) Operating Practices (OP)
The FRA Track Division promotes the understanding of and compliance with the federal Track Safety standards and provides technical expertise regarding track safety standards, roadway worker standards, and roadway maintenance machine standards. The OP Division promotes the understanding of and compliance with federal Operating Practices standards and provides technical expertise regarding railroad carrier operating rules, employee qualification guidelines, and carrier training and testing programs; railroad occupational safety and health standards; the Hours of Service Act; and accident and personal injury reporting requirements.
Railroad Industry Information
Hazardous Material Advisory (PDF)
2017 Annual Railroad Transportation Activities Report (PDF)
Class 1 (PDF)
Short Line (PDF)