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Multimodal Transportation Resources - Rail Safety/ Regulatory Unit

James K. Polk Building, Suite 1800
505 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN 37243
Phone: (615) 253-1054
Fax: (615) 253-2903
Rick Beals, Transportation Manager

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The Rail Safety/Regulatory Unit consists of three main components which regulate, inspect, and oversees.  These components are:


The goal of the Railroad Safety/Regulatory section is to reduce and eliminate dangerous/hazardous conditions for Railroad Employees and the General Public. In addition to overseeing freight and commuter rail, the Tennessee Department of Transportation is also responsible for rail fixed guideway systems (RFGS). Commonly referred to as rail transit agencies (RTA), RFGS include any heavy,  light or rapid transit system, inclined plane, trolley, or automated guideway for the movement of passengers that is not regulated by the Federal Railroad Administration(FRA).

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Never go around lowered gates or flashing lights. It is illegal, and they are there for your safety. Lowered gates mean a train is just a few seconds away.