S.3493 - A bill to require rail carriers to develop positive rail control system plans for improving railroad safety and to increase the civil penalties for railroad safety violations.110th Congress (2007-2008)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Feinstein, Dianne [D-CA] (Introduced 09/16/2008)|
|Committees:||Senate - Commerce, Science, and Transportation|
|Latest Action:||Senate - 09/16/2008 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. (All Actions)|
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Summary: S.3493 — 110th Congress (2007-2008)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in Senate (09/16/2008)
Requires each rail carrier that is a Class I railroad, that has inadequate safety performance, or that provides intercity passenger or commuter rail passenger transportation to develop and submit for Secretary of Transportation approval by December 31, 2014, a plan to implement a positive train control system that prevents rail collisions.
Requires implementation of such systems by December 31, 2012, in areas that have the highest safety risk due to shared track between commuter and freight rail.
Prohibits installation of a positive train control system or component unless the Secretary has certified that it has not experienced a safety-critical failure during prior testing and evaluation.
Increases penalties for violations of rail safety regulations or orders issued by the Secretary, including violations related to rail accident reporting and hours-of-service.