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Union Calendar No. 576

110th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 6707

[Report No. 110–893]


To require Surface Transportation Board consideration of the impacts of certain railroad transactions on local communities, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
July 31, 2008

Mr. Oberstar (for himself, Ms. Bean, Mrs. Biggert, Mr. Visclosky, Mr. Foster, Mr. Manzullo, Mr. Roskam, Mr. Hobson, Mr. Neal of Massachusetts, Mr. Thompson of California, Mr. Kagen, Mr. Kind, Ms. Wasserman Schultz, Ms. Castor, Ms. Berkley, Ms. Hooley, Mr. Braley of Iowa, Ms. Pryce of Ohio, Mr. Gilchrest, Mr. LaHood, and Mr. Cramer) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

September 26, 2008

Additional sponsors: Mr. Holden, and Ms. Norton

September 26, 2008

Reported with an amendment, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed

[Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the part printed in italic]

[For text of introduced bill, see copy of bill as introduced on July 31, 2008]


A BILL

To require Surface Transportation Board consideration of the impacts of certain railroad transactions on local communities, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Taking Responsible Action for Community Safety Act”.

SEC. 2. Effect of mergers on local communities and rail passenger transportation.

Section 11324 of title 49, United States Code, is amended—

(1) in subsection (a)—

(A) by striking the last sentence and inserting “The Board shall hold public hearings on the proposed transaction, including public hearings in the affected communities, unless the Board determines that public hearings are not necessary in the public interest.”;

(2) in subsection (b)—

(A) by striking “which involves the merger or control of at least two Class I railroads,” and inserting “with respect to a transaction that involves at least one Class I railroad,”;

(B) by inserting “the effect on the public interest, including” after “the Board shall consider”;

(C) in paragraph (2), by striking “on the public interest”;



(D) by striking “and” at the end of paragraph (4);

(E) by striking the period at the end of paragraph (5) and inserting a semicolon; and

(F) by adding at the end the following new paragraphs:

“(6) the safety and environmental effects of the proposed transaction, including the effects on local communities, such as public safety, grade crossing safety, hazardous materials transportation safety, emergency response time, noise, and socioeconomic impacts; and

“(7) the effect of the proposed transaction on intercity rail passenger transportation and commuter rail passenger transportation, as defined by section 24102 of this title.”;

(3) by redesignating subsections (c), (d), (e), and (f) as subsections (d), (e), (f), and (g) and inserting a new subsection (c) as follows:

“(c) The Board shall approve and authorize a transaction under this section when it finds the transaction is consistent with the public interest. The Board shall not approve a transaction described in subsection (b) if it finds that the transaction’s impacts on safety and on all affected communities, as defined under subsection (b), outweigh the transportation benefits of the transaction. The Board may impose conditions governing a transaction under this section, including conditions to mitigate the effects of the transaction on local communities.”;

(4) in subsection (d), as redesignated, by striking “The Board shall approve” and all that follows through “the transaction, including” and inserting “The conditions the Board may impose under this section include”; and

(5) in subsection (e), as redesignated, by striking “the merger or control of at least two Class I railroads, as defined by the Board” and inserting “a transaction described in subsection (b)”.

SEC. 3. Effective date.

The amendments made in this Act shall be applied to all transactions that have not been approved by the Board as of August 1, 2008.


Union Calendar No. 576

110th CONGRESS
     2d Session
H. R. 6707
[Report No. 110–893]

A BILL
To require Surface Transportation Board consideration of the impacts of certain railroad transactions on local communities, and for other purposes.

September 26, 2008
Reported with an amendment, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed