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 T&I Approves Bill Regulating Overseas Aircraft Repair Facilities

On November 20, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved a bill (H.R. 5119) sponsored by the panel's chairman,...

Senate Committee Looks at Federal Roles in AV Safety

On Wednesday, November 20, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee held a hearing on the safety of highly automated...

Senate Committee Approves RRIF and NASA Bills, 3 Nominations

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee held a drama-free markup on November 13 and approved 20 bills by voice vote,...

Boeing CEO Faces Hostile Audiences on Capitol Hill

This week, the chief executive officer of Boeing, Dennis Muilenburg, spent two days this week testifying before a largely hostile...

Who Will Run DHS? Top-Level Vacancies Make Decision Difficult

The resignation of Kevin McAleelan as Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, announced October 11, was supposed to take effect...

Pedestrian and Bicyclist Fatalities Reach Twenty-Year Highs in 2018

Earlier this week, NHTSA released updated statistics on traffic fatalities in 2018, along with an accompanying report highlighting key...

World Bank Forum Looks at Gender Inequity in Transportation

During the October 2019 Annual Meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, sessions covered topics of concern around...

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...

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