Railroad Regulation represents one of the original areas of responsibility assigned to
the State Corporation Commission when it was created by the Virginia Constitution of 1902. Today, the
Railroad Regulation section works in concert with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to
ensure safe operations of railroads within the Commonwealth.
Railroad Regulation investigates citizen complaints regarding the blocking of rail crossings, conducts
accident investigations, inspects railroad tracks and bridges to promote safe movement of freight and
passengers throughout the state, and inspects rail cars and locomotives to ensure compliance with FRA standards.
Oversight includes two Class I (major) railroads, nine Class II (short line) railroads,
and more than 6,700 miles of track in Virginia.
Statutory authority for Railroad Regulation is outlined
Title 56, Chapter 13, of the Code of Virginia.
Virginia Administrative Code
also contains regulations regarding railroad issues.
- Use the Railroad Complaint form to provide information required to initiate an investigation:
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