– “Latest news and actions following Amtrak train derailment near Dupont”
“Work in Congress on rail safety”
“While we await the final report, steps are underway in Congress to improve rail safety and ensure we are doing everything we can to make sure trains are safe for every traveler.
Since the tragic accident, I have:
– Joined Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney to reach out to the Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao about the status of a detailed plan to identify and enhance safety of high-hazard curves, which the U.S. Department of Transportation is required to do following the implementation of the FAST Act in 2015.
– Added my support to a bill to make December 31 of this year the absolute deadline for positive train control compliance, and authorize the appropriate level of federal funding to make that happen.
– Requested a comprehensive update from the Federal Railroad Administration on the current status of positive train control implementation.”
Read more from Rep. Heck’s Newsletter.
– “U.S. official says Positive Train Control could’ve prevented Amtrak crash in South Carolina”
“A life-saving technology the government has required be installed could’ve prevented the deadly Amtrak crash in South Carolina on Sunday [Feb. 4], a top U.S. safety official said.
Investigators haven’t given an official reason why Train 91, from New York to Miami, slammed into an idle CSX train, killing an Amtrak engineer and conductor and injuring scores more.
But the Positive Train Control (PTC) system could’ve stopped it from happening.
‘It could have avoided, this accident,’ National Safety Transportation Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt said Sunday night. ‘That’s what it’s designed to do,'” by Terence Cullen, New York Daily News.
– “Positive Train Control Extension Signed Into Law [through Dec. 31, 2018]”
“Congressman Kevin Cramer announced today President Obama signed into law an extension to the Dec. 31  Positive Train Control or PTC deadline for railroads. It was included in a short-term extension of federal highway and transit authorization until Nov.20 .
Railroads now have until the end of 2018 to work on the automated train conversion. They will also have the option of requesting an extra two years to work on the installation if they submit plans for doing the work by Dec. 31, 2018,” from Congressman Kevin Cramer, North Dakota, in 2015.