The Federal Railroad Administration has collected a record amount of $15.75 million in civil penalty payments this year.
In a news release, the FRA said its “enforcement of federal rail safety rules has led to the highest-ever civil penalty collection rate in the agency’s 50-year history, surpassing last year’s record-breaking rate.”
The FRA said that for fiscal year 2016, which ended on Sept. 30, the agency projects that it will collect 79 percent of the civil penalties it assessed on railroads, hazardous materials shippers and others for violating federal safety regulations.
That would be a 4 percent increase over FY 2015, and the largest percentage rate ever achieved by the agency.
Last year, more than 6,268 railroad company violations resulted in civil penalties.