Safety & Security

Issues & Modes / Safety & Security

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.

July 27, 2015 11:34 p.m. – Senate Invokes Cloture on DRIVE Act

The U.S. Senate has voted, 62 to 32, to invoke cloture on the DRIVE Act (the surface transportation reauthorization bill offered as...

Senate Hearing Examines Technology’s Evolving Role in Transportation

July 9, 2015 On July 7, 2015, the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety...

House Panel Unveils FY16 Homeland Appropriations Bill

July 9, 2015 Earlier today, a House subcommittee approved a draft appropriations bill for fiscal year 2016 that would spend $40.9...

McConnell Says HTF Legislation Could Come to Senate Floor As Early As Next Week – Scope, Duration Unknown

July 9, 2015 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) surprised Capitol Hill yesterday by telling reporters that Highway Trust...

Section-by-Section Summary of S. 1626. the Senate Passenger Rail Bill, As Introduced

Please see the amendments adopted in the Commerce Committee on June 25, summarized elsewhere in this issue, for changes to the...

Senate Commerce Panel Approves Passenger Rail Bill

June 25, 2015 In a mark-up session on June 25th, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee has approved S. 1626, a...

Senate Panel OK’s FY16 DOT Appropriations

June 25, 2015 The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved a bill providing $55.6 billion in new discretionary spending for...

Section-by-Section Summary of the DRIVE Act (S. 1647) As Reported From the EPW Committee

TITLE I – FEDERAL-AID HIGHWAYS Subtitle A – Authorizations and Programs Sec. 1001. Authorization of appropriations. Authorizes...

Senate Public Works Panel Approves 6-Year, $278 Billion Highway Bill: Now They Wait For Someone Else To Fund It

June 25, 2015 The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee yesterday approved, by a unanimous vote of 20 to 0, a highway...

Senate Panel Moving Homeland Appropriations, THUD On Deck Next Week

June 18, 2015 The full Senate Appropriations Committee is scheduled to meet today to consider a draft bill funding the Department of...

Waiting Game on Highways Continues

June 18, 2015 Highway stakeholder groups are anxiously awaiting the release of a bipartisan bill negotiated by the senior members of...

Senate Hearing Examines 12/31/2015 Positive Train Control Deadline

June 11, 2015 The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee held a hearing on June 10th about passenger rail safety,...

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