February 23, 2018 – The House Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials held an oversight hearing on February 15 to examine which railroads might not make the December 31, 2018 statutory deadline for installation of positive train control (PTC) technology – and what the consequences might be for the railroads that fail to meet the deadline.
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February 14, 2018 – As Congress again focuses on positive train control (PTC) implementation in the U.S., it is worth examining how much farther along we are in this regard than the European Union.
January 12, 2018 – The aftermath of December’s fatal Amtrak Cascades train derailment in Washington State continues to keep the topic of positive train control (PTC) in the headlines.
July 28, 2017 – The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on July 26 held a hearing on multiple pending nominations, including Ronald Batory to head the Federal Railroad Administration and Mark Buzby to head the Maritime Administration.
June 1, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Transportation announced on May 31 that it has awarded $197 million in federal grants to 17 transportation departments and authorities.
August 17, 2016 – The Federal Railroad Administration has selected the recipients of $25 million in grants for positive train control (PTC) implementation provided by Congress for fiscal 2016 and has updated its estimates of when railroads will meet PTC implementation deadlines.
August 3, 2016 – On July 29, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced the availability of $197 million in grants to commuter railroads in fiscal year 2017 to implement positive train control (PTC) technology to improve their safety.
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.
October 28, 2015 – The U.S. Senate has approved H.R. 3819, the three-week Highway Trust Fund extension through November 20 which also carries a three-year extension of the positive train control (PTC) implementation deadline, by voice vote, clearing the measure for President Obama’s signature.
October 23, 2015 – The chairmen of the House and Senate committees that over see railroads, Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Sen.
October 16, 2015 – The bipartisan leaders of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee today released the text of their 543-page proposed surface transportation reauthorization bill.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
July 9, 2015 – On July 7, the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security held a hearing titled “Technologies Transforming Transportation: Is the Government Keeping Up?”
July 9, 2015 – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) surprised Capitol Hill yesterday by telling reporters that Highway Trust Fund legislation could be on the Senate floor as early as next week, not later in the month as committee staffers had anticipated.
Please see the amendments adopted in the Commerce Committee on June 25, summarized elsewhere in this issue, for changes to the provisions summarized below. TITLE I – AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS Sec. 101. Authorization of grants to Amtrak. Autho… Sorry – you don’t have access to this item.
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.