Alexy named FRA chief safety officer

Written by David C. Lester, Managing Editor, Railway Track & Structures
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Karl Alexy has been named the Associate Administrator for Railroad Safety and Chief Safety Officer of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). He was most recently the FRA’s Deputy Associate Administrator for Railroad Safety and had responsibility for the Office of Safety Analysis, the Office of Technical Oversight and the Office of Regional Operations.

In Alexy’s new role, he will manage the FRA’s regulatory oversight of rail safety in the United States, along with the development and enforcement of safety programs and regulations for the freight and passenger rail industry.

Alexy has been with the FRA for ten years, starting as a General Engineer in the Hazardous Materials Division, where he worked with other USDOT agencies and the freight rail industry on rulemakings, enforcement, research, and outreach activities. Alexy became Staff Director of the FRA’s Hazardous Materials Division in 2012 and led efforts, in coordination with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration, to develop regulations on enhanced tank car standards and operational controls for high-hazard flammable trains.

He became Director of the Office of Safety Analysis in 2015, which consists of seven divisions: Economic and Regulatory Analysis, Passenger Rail, Human Performance, Data and Information Management, Risk Reduction, Security, and the Highway-Rail Grade Crossing and Trespasser Prevention Program.

Alexy worked for DuPont de Nemours in Wilmington, Del., before joining the FRA, where he served as the Senior Engineer in DuPont’s Logistics Group. There, he oversaw the design, construction and modification of tank cars used to transport hazardous materials.

Alexy is a Biology graduate of Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, Pa., and a Civil Engineering graduate of Drexel University in Philadelphia. He graduated from Drexel Summa Cum Laude and first in his class. He holds a professional engineering license from the State of Maryland.

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