Safety & Security

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The first goal of any transportation agency is safety. Yet almost 40,000 Americans die on the transportation system every year. New proposals for safer streets, better vehicle design, and crash avoidance technology are reshaping the narrative around safety in an effort to reverse the downward trend of transportation safety. Governments are also concerned about the security of the system. Terrorism, hacking, and international affairs can threaten the transportation systems that support the national economy.

House Hearing Looks At Commuter Rail Needs

The House Railroad Subcommittee held a hearing on September 24 to examine the state of commuter rail in America. The hearing heard...

Senate FY20 Homeland Funding Bill Cuts TSA Screeners, Coast Guard Procurement

The Senate Appropriations Committee yesterday approved a bill funding the Department of Homeland Security for fiscal year 2020. But...

Acting TSA Chief Gives Agency Update to Senate Committee

The acting head of the Transportation Security Administration gave a status update on that agency's activities to the Senate Commerce,...

This Labor Day Let’s Celebrate Those Who Keep Us Safe in the Skies

Labor Day is the one day of the year dedicated to celebrating America’s workers. It marks the end of the summer and the beginning of...

As 2020 Deadline Looms, Railroads Face PTC Implementation Challenges

August 1, 2019 The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation convened for a hearing on July 31 regarding the current...

Senators Press FAA Officials on MAX Certification Procedure and UAS Rules

In the wake of recent reporting in The New York Times and Wall Street Journal regarding the certification process for the Boeing 737...

House Panel Probes Proposed Bills in Car Safety Hearing

With over 40,000 deaths attributed to on and off-road related vehicle incidents in 2017 and 2018, vehicle-related fatalities have made...

FAA, STB Nominees Advanced in Senate

Stephen Dickson, nominee for the administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), had his nomination advanced from the...

FAA Faces Scrutiny and No Concrete Timeline for Return of Boeing 737 MAX

An emotionally charged House Aviation Subcommittee safety hearing on July 17 featured testimony from  Paul Njoroge and Michael Stumo,...

House Passes Defense Bill Carrying Chinese Transit Railcar Ban

Earlier today, the House of Representatives passed a $733 billion Pentagon authorization bill (H.R. 2500) that includes a provision...

House T&I Approves Coast Guard Authorization, Amtrak Vaping Ban

This week, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved a two-year Coast Guard reauthorization bill and a bill...

Senate Passes Defense Bill With Chinese Transit Rolling Stock Ban

June 28, 2019 Yesterday, the U.S. senate passed the bill S. 1790, reauthorizing the programs of the Defense Department for fiscal...

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