Audit Initiated of FRA’s Oversight of Railroad Slow Orders and Track Reclassification
April 16, 2003
We will evaluate the Federal Railroad Administration’s oversight of railroads’ use of slow orders and track reclassification and assess the impact on track safety and service schedules. Railroads routinely use slow orders to reduce train speed in response to certain track defects or adverse weather conditions. Railroads can also reclassify segments of track to change maximum allowable operating speeds and corresponding maintenance requirements.