Lawmakers in deal on extending rail safety deadline: senator

October 20, 2015

U.S. lawmakers from the House of Representatives and Senate have reached an agreement to extend a Dec. 31 deadline for railroads to implement new safety technology, a leading Republican senator said on Tuesday.Website Insert State Supported Passenger Trains copy

Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune, a South Dakota Republican, said that talks between the two chambers have successfully bridged differences on a three-year extension of the deadline for railroads to implement positive train control, or PTC.

“Congress now needs to pass this plan in the coming weeks to avoid service disruptions that will impact shippers across the country and commuter railroad passengers,” Thune said in a statement issued by the committee. “This PTC extension will keep the pressure on freight and passenger railroads to ensure safety benefits are realized as soon as possible.”

Reuters reporter David Morgan has the full story by clicking here.


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