FRA safety standards could lead to sleeker trains on U.S. passenger railroads

Final implementation of the Rail Safety and Improvement Act of 2008 could pave the way for sleeker trains on American passenger railroads by 2015. With increased safety technology on railroads, FRA is easing outdated standards that require some trains to be built to withstand 1 million pounds of force without deformation. This opens up the market for European and Asian manufacturers who have been slimming down their trains to create energy efficiency, improve braking and acceleration, and reduce wear and tear on trains and associated infrastructure.