FRA to Collect Trespassing Data for Study

The Federal Railroad Administration has proposed collecting railroad trespassing information from law enforcement agencies as part of a study to help determine root causes of trespassing behavior.

The agency said its study seeks to recommend actions that could lead to a reduction in the number of injuries and fatalities on railroad property.

This would include education and enforcement programs as well as the materials to be used by both.

The FRA published a notice on March 15 in the Federal Register that is a first step toward collecting information from government authorities.

Law enforcement agencies that receive FRA Railroad Trespassing Enforcement Grants would be required to complete a web-based form for each incident within their jurisdiction.

That would include “describing the trespassers’ race/ethnicity, gender and age to the best of their abilities,” according to the FRA notice.

The form would be voluntary for law enforcement agencies that do not receive grants.

Public comment on the FRA notice is being sought through May 14, prior to submitting the information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget for approval.

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