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Eno Transportation Weekly

Category: Rail safety

House Passes Scenic Byways, Route 66 Centennial, FRA Inspection Notification Bills

February 8, 2019 – On February 6, the U.S. House of Representatives passed five bills from the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Three of the five bills were significant for the transportation sector as they would improve oversight of rail safety, protect scenic byways, and establish a commission to commemorate Route 66.

Capitol Hill Events – Week of October 2, 2018

Wednesday, October 3 – Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation – full committee hearing on positive train control implementation status (witness list here) – 10:00 a.m., SR-253 Russell.

4-Bill “Minibus” Including DOT Appropriations Slips as CR Drama Unfolds

September 21, 2018 – Hopes that another four-bill package of appropriations legislation for fiscal year 2019, including the Transportation-HUD appropriations bill, could be signed into law before the elections are fading, despite more meetings of Appropriations Committee staffers to be held next week.

As PTC Deadline Approaches, Focus Turns to Interoperability

September 14, 2018 – As the Dec. 31 deadline to fully implement positive train control (PTC) or else qualify for an alternative schedule approaches, railroads and regulators are already turning towards challenges that will remain after 2018.

Capitol Hill Events – Week of September 10, 2018

Thursday, September 13 – House Transportation and Infrastructure – Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials – subcommittee hearing on positive train control (PTC) implementation (witness list here) – 10:00 a.m., 2167 Rayburn.

FRA Announces $204M in PTC Grants as New Reporting Shows Progress Towards Meeting Deadline

August 24, 2018 – This week, the Federal Railroad Administration announced the recipients of $203.7 million in fiscal year 2018 grants to railroads for the installation of positive train control (PTC) technology ahead of a looming December 31 deadline. At the same time, FRA released the PTC implementation progress reports of all railroads as of June 30, which showed most railroads making significant progress.

Senate Commerce Committee Approves Port Improvement, Rail Crew Bills, STB Nominee

August 1, 2018 – The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee approved by voice vote today several items including a bill to establish a new port improvement grant program, a bill to criminalize attacks on interstate passenger rail crews, and another nominee for a seat on the Surface Transportation Board.

FRA Solicits Applications for More Rail Grant Funds

July 20, 2018 – This week, the Federal Railroad Administration issued a Notice of Funding Opportunity for $318 million in railroad grant funding under the  Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) program.

FTA Finalizes Transit Safety Rules

July 20, 2018 – The Federal Transit Administration this week finalized two long-awaited safety rules governing all transit agencies that receive federal funds.

Senate Banking Leaders Introduce Rail Transit Inspection Bill

June 27, 2018 – On June 26, the chairman and ranking minority member of the Senate Banking Committee introduced a bill clarifying that state transit safety oversight agencies should conduct safety inspections of the local mass transit agencies they are overseeing.

Guest Op-Ed: Five Hidden Flaws in Most Transit Systems

Having spent over thirty years in transportation operations and leadership positions of government, I have seen that most public transportation systems have at least five hidden flaws that good leaders must address.

Capitol Hill Events – Week of May 14, 2018

Tuesday, May 15 – Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs – full committee business meeting to consider nominations including Thelma Drake to be FTA Administrator – 10:00 a.m., SD-538 Dirksen.

House Subcommittee Scrutinizes Florida’s Brightline

April 19, 2018 – The House Subcommittee on Government Operations, held a hearing today to examine All Aboard Florida’s (AAF) use of private activity bonds (PABs) to help finance the first and second phases of Brightline, its new Florida-based passenger rail system.

House Panel Pushes Railroads, Regulators on PTC Deadline

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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