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.
Eno Transportation Weekly
Category: Rail safety
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.
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).
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.
December 20, 2017 – The tax bill is through, but the appropriations endgame remains.
December 7, 2017 – The U.S.
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.
October 12, 2017 – On October 4, the House Transportation & Infrastructure (T&I) Committee convened a subcommittee hearing on infrastructure needs from the perspective of rail stakeholders. Rep.
October 13, 2017 – A new study produced by the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine called for more frequent and comprehensive inspections of railroad routes that carry petroleum products, among many other recommendations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On August 11, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) published a final rule in the Federal Register establishing a public transportation safety program.
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.
June 15, 2016 – Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx appeared before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on June 8 to provide a six-month update on the implementation of the FAST Act.
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.