Carmen Patriarca, Regional Administrator, Federal Railroad Administration
Carmen Patriarca serves as the Regional Administrator for the Federal Railroad Administration in Atlanta, Georgia. Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North & South Carolina, and Tennessee are the southern eight states
under his leadership.
Growing up in the railroad industry as a third-generation railroader, Carmen became passionate about railroad safety early on in his railroad career. He’s focused on improving safety and the quality of life for railroad employees, their families, and the public.
Carmen began his railroad career in 1981 working as a track laborer, and spent the next 22 years developing his career in the private sector of the rail industry. He was responsible for and safely completed several major construction projects on
Amtrak, Class I and Shortline railroads, Transit and Trolley rail systems throughout the United States. As a Corporate Safety Director, he was elected as the voting member on FRA’s Railroad Safety Advisory Committee for the
National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association.
Carmen spent most of his 35-year railroad career focusing on railroad safety, and the wellbeing for railroad employees and the public. In 2003, he joined the FRA in Atlanta as the youngest Railroad Safety Specialist in the nation. He successfully
managed a diverse group of Inspectors to significantly improve railroad safety by reducing track caused accidents and roadway worker fatalities. In 2010, he promoted to the Deputy Regional Administrators position, and in 2014 was
selected as the Regional Administrator.
Carmen and his wife reside in Sharpsburg, Georgia and enjoy spending time with
their daughters and four grandchildren.