Text: H.R.3551 — 113th Congress (2013-2014)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (11/20/2013)


113th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 3551


To require the periodic inspection of certain railroad facilities.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

November 20, 2013

Mr. Andrews introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure


A BILL

To require the periodic inspection of certain railroad facilities.

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 “Railway Inspection and Transparency Act”.

SEC. 2. Inspection of railroad facilities.

(a) Requirement.—The Federal Railroad Administration shall require each railroad carrier to arrange for an independent inspection by a professional engineer of—

(1) all railroad bridges owned or leased by that railroad carrier at least once every 2 years; and

(2) all railroad signals and switches owned or leased by that railroad carrier at least once every 6 months.

(b) Documentation.—Each railroad carrier shall provide to the Federal Railroad Administration documentation of the results of inspections carried out under subsection (a). The Federal Railroad Administration shall make such documentation available to the public.

(c) Definitions.—In this section:

(1) INDEPENDENT INSPECTION.—The term “independent inspection” means an inspection conducted by a professional engineer that is not employed by the railroad carrier or the Federal Railroad Administration.

(2) PROFESSIONAL ENGINEER.—The term “professional engineer” means an individual who—

(A) is currently registered as a professional engineer or structural engineer by a State, the District of Columbia, or a territory, commonwealth, or possession of the United States; and

(B) has expertise in railroad operations.

(3) RAILROAD CARRIER.—The term “railroad carrier” has the meaning given that term in section 20102 of title 49, United States Code.