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Eno Transportation Weekly

Category: Rail safety

Schumer Blocks Rail Safety Nominee

December 22, 2017 – Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) again blocked the nomination of Ronald Batory to become the nation’s head safety regulator as Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration.

Senate Commerce Advances NTSB Reauthorization Bill

December 20, 2017 – At an executive session on December 13, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee approved a bill to reauthorize the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

Fatal Amtrak Derailment Draws Attention Back to PTC Implementation

December 22, 2017 – This week’s fatal Amtrak derailment in Washington State has brought the issue of positive train control (PTC), a technology that automatically activates the brakes of trains to meet speed limits or red lights, to the forefront of debate once again.

Capitol Hill Events – Week of December 11, 2017

Wednesday, December 13 – House Homeland Security – full committee business meeting to consider legislation including H.R. 4559, to establish a global aviation security task force, and H.R.

Senate Holds Hearing on FRA, MARAD Nominees

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.

House Panel Approves FY18 TSA, Coast Guard Funding

July 20, 2017 – The House Appropriations Committee on July 18 approved a draft bill funding the Department of Homeland Security for fiscal year 2018. Unlike many non-defense programs, DHS was largely spared from proposed cuts in the President’s budget request, and the House bill largely adheres to the budget request.

Virginia, Maryland Jurisdictions Pay Price for WMATA Woes

February 24, 2017 – The embattled Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) once again has its back on the ropes as the federal government is withholding funding from Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia due to WMATA’s spotty track record of safety.

Guest Op-Ed: When it Comes to Regulation, Focus on the Endzone, Not the Yard Markers

Federal regulators traditionally have skewed towards prescriptive policies, instead of clearly defining the problem and the desired result. Within the context of bipartisan regulatory reform, the freight rail industry believes policymakers should embrace non-prescriptive regulatory tools, like performance-based regulations, where appropriate.

Capitol Hill Events – Week of November 28, 2016

POSTPONED – Thursday, December 1 – House Energy and Commerce – Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations – subcommittee hearing on the Volkswagen emissions cheating settlement – 10:00 a.m., 2322 Rayburn.

FRA Awards $25M in PTC Grants, Releases PTC Status Report

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.

Capitol Hill Events – Week of May 23, 2016

Tuesday, May 24 – House Transportation and Infrastructure – full committee hearing on improving the safety and reliability of the Washington Metro (witness list here)– 10:00 a.m., 2167 Rayburn.

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