Summary: H.R.1919 — 103rd Congress (1993-1994)All Information (Except Text)

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Reported to House with amendment(s) (09/28/1993)


Title I: High-Speed Rail Development

Title II: Labor Protection

High-Speed Rail Development Act of 1993 - Title I: High-Speed Rail Development - Amends the Railroad Revitalization and Regulatory Reform Act of 1976 to authorize the Governor of a State to petition the Secretary of Transportation (Secretary) for designation of a proposed corridor for high-speed rail assistance. Requires an applicant to submit a corridor master plan for the Secretary's approval.

Authorizes the Secretary to provide finance assistance for plan preparation and for funding improvements.

Authorizes the Secretary to conduct research and development of high-speed rail technologies for commercial application in high-speed service in the United States.

Requires applicants receiving high-speed rail assistance to comply with Buy American requirements.

Requires the Secretary to issue and publish in the Federal Register a list of conditions to be imposed to protect the interests of railroad employees who may be adversely affected as a result of the provision of high-speed rail assistance under this Act.

Authorizes appropriations.

Amends the Rail Passenger Service Act to decrease the authorization of appropriations for FY 1994 for capital acquisition and development for the Northeast Corridor. Authorizes appropriations for FY 1995.

Title II: Labor Protection - Amends the Railroad Revitalization and Regulatory Reform Act of 1976 to require the Secretary to ensure that all workers employed by contractors and subcontractors in the construction of high-speed rail projects be paid wages at rates not less than those prevailing on similar construction in the locality as determined in accordance with the Davis-Bacon Act. Conditions approval of financial assistance upon adequate assurance that required labor standards will be maintained on the construction work.