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Railroad Regulation

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 in Title 56, Chapter 13, of the Code of VirginiaExternal Link logo.

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