The Federal Railroad Administration is a federal department that was created by the Department of Transportation Act of 1966. The purpose of the FRA is to: promulgate and enforce rail safety regulations; administer railroad assistance programs; conduct research and development in support of improved railroad safety and national rail transportation policy; provide for the rehabilitation of Northeast Corridor rail passenger services; and consolidate government support of rail transportation activities. Today, the FRA is one of ten agencies within the U.S. DOT concerned with intermodal transportation.