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Multimodal Transportation Resources Rail Safety/Regulatory Unit - Rail Regulatory Section

James K. Polk Building, Suite 1800
505 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN 37243
Phone: (615) 253-1054
Fax: (615) 741-5211

Rail Regulatory

The regulation and enforcement of each discipline are specific to the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) in a joint program conducted with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). Discipline regulations are found in CFR49 parts 212 to 240 and the Rail Safety/Regulatory Section currently employees Inspectors with the following specialties: Operating Practice, Hazardous Materials, Track, and Signal and Train Control.


  • Partners with FRA to enforce Federal Law (CFR Part 49)
  • Monitor railroad worker safety
  • Conduct rail yard inspections
  • Conduct highway-rail crossing inspections

Useful Websites

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.