Eno Transportation Weekly

Category: PTC

Congress Clears 3-Week HTF Extension (With PTC); Highway Bill On House Floor Next Week

October 29, 2015 – Both Houses of Congress cleared legislation this week that will extend expiring Highway Trust Fund spending authority for three more weeks (through November 20, 2015), which the President is expected to sign tomorrow. Section 1302 of that legislation also extends the deadline for railroads to reach full installation of positive train control (PTC) technology by three years (from 12/31/2015 to 12/31/2018), with individual railroads eligible for up to two one-year extensions after 2018 at the discretion of the Secretary of Transportation.

Congressional clearance of the three-week extension comes as the House Rules Committee has announced plans for structuring the debate on the DRIVE Act when that surface transportation legislation is brought to the House floor next week.

What Happens Next With the Surface Transportation Extension?

October 16, 2015 – The next Highway Trust Fund short-term extension could be packaged with a short-term increase in the limit on the public debt and/or a bill extending the December 31, 2015 positive train control implementation deadline.

Future Of Stand-Alone PTC Deadline Extension Uncertain

October 8, 2015 The White House joined the Positive Train Control (PTC) discussion this week, with spokesman Frank Benenati yesterday commenting to Bloomberg that “[the White House] believe[s] it is important that the [U.S.] Department of Transpor… Sorry – you don’t have access to this item.

Congress May Move Free-Standing PTC Deadline Extension Bill

October 1, 2015 – Following the recent release of a U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report that confirmed that most railroads will not have positive train control (PTC) fully implemented (or be anywhere close to full implementation) by the statutory December 31, 2015 deadline, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee (T&I) chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA), ranking member Peter DeFazio (D-OR), and Railroad Subcommittee chairman and ranking member Jeff Denham (R-CA) and Michael Capuano (D-MA) proposed a new bill that would extend the PTC implementation deadline from December 31, 2015 to December 31, 2018.

House Highway Markup Likely Slipping To First Week of October

September 18, 2015 – With the Senate having passed a three-year surface transportation reauthorization bill (which aspires to be a six-year bill), and the latest shutdown deadline for the Highway Trust Fund looming just six weeks away, it is remarkable how little action is being undertaken – at least in public – on putting together House legislation to counter the Senate proposal.

Senate Commerce Holds Feinberg Nomination Hearing

September 18, 2015 – Yesterday, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a hearing to consider the nomination of Sarah Feinberg as the Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).

Senate Commerce Panel Approves Passenger Rail Bill

June 25, 2015 – The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee has approved S. 1626, a bipartisan bill on railroad reform sponsored by Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), as modified by some amendments.

Senate Committee OK’s Freight Rail Regulation; PTC Deadline Extension Bills

March 26, 2015 – The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee yesterday approved two significant pieces of freight rail legislation by voice vote. One was a modified version of legislation approved by the panel last year to enhance Surface Transportation Board oversight of freight rail rates and practices and to make the STB an independent entity. The other was a measure to delay the positive train control (PTC) mandate on passenger and freight railroads (a deadline, which is almost universally acknowledged will not be met) from December 31, 2015 to December 31, 2020.

Commerce Hearing Addresses Transpo Network Performance Issues

February 4, 2015 – Last week on January 29, the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation’s Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security convened a hearing titled, Improving the Performance of our Transportation Networks: Stakeholder Perspective.

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