Passenger Transport Express - 08/14/2015 (Plain Text Version)
FRA Report Acknowledges Major Challenges to Implementing PTC
FRA recently announced that a majority of rail systems will not be able to install PTC safety equipment by the Dec. 31 deadline. The agency's report to Congress outlined several challenges to meeting the statutory deadline — challenges that APTA has communicated repeatedly to Congress and FRA for years — including:
“The commuter rail industry has already spent $950 million on PTC implementation and conservative estimates are that $3.48 billion is needed to complete implementation nationwide,” he said. To date, Congress has appropriated $50 million for PTC.
The six-year surface transportation bill passed by the Senate last month includes a provision that extends the deadline for installation and activation of PTC equipment until 2018. APTA and others have urged the House to include a similar extension in its version of the bill, which is expected to be introduced after Labor Day.
FTA Publishes Proposed New Safety Rule for Public Transit
On Fri., Aug. 14, FTA published a request for comments on a proposed rule regarding the agency’s new authority to oversee the safety of local public transportation systems. The proposed rule describes how the FTA would conduct audits, inspections and enforcement actions.
FTA proposes to establish a safety management systems (SMS) approach, similar to what is widely used in the aviation and space industries. Other DOT agencies, including FRA, are also incorporating SMS into their regulatory structures.
Advocacy for Transportation Bill Moves from Nation's Capital to Local Districts
August in Washington. It’s that time of year when the nation’s capital is a bit slower and quieter, except for the tourists. Members of Congress have left town to visit their home districts and states. Even President Obama and Vice President Biden are on holiday this week.
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“Mobility is opportunity. Mobility is freedom. Mobility is choices. …When it’s possible to move around by public transportation, horizons widen and aspirations soar.”
Professor Rosabeth Moss Kanter
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