S.700 - A bill to establish a portal and database to receive and maintain information regarding blocked railroad-highway grade crossings and to require the Secretary of Transportation to evaluate the requirements of the railway-highway crossings program.117th Congress (2021-2022) |
|Sponsor:||Sen. Fischer, Deb [R-NE] (Introduced 03/11/2021)|
|Committees:||Senate - Commerce, Science, and Transportation|
|Latest Action:||Senate - 03/11/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. (All Actions)|
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Summary: S.700 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in Senate (03/11/2021)
This bill provides statutory authority for the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to establish and maintain a portal and corresponding database through which it shall receive information on blocked railroad-highway grade crossings as a three-year pilot program.
The FRA must use information from the database (1) to assist in identifying the locations and potential impacts of frequent and long-duration blocked railroad-highway grade crossings; (2) as a basis for outreach to communities, emergency responders, and railroads; and (3) to support collaboration in the prevention of incidents at railroad-highway grade crossings.
Additionally, the Department of Transportation must evaluate the requirements of its railway-highway crossing program to determine whether
- the program provides states sufficient flexibility to adequately address current and emerging grade-crossing safety issues,
- the structure of the program provides sufficient incentive and resources to states and local agencies to make changes at grade crossings that are most effective at reducing deaths and injuries,
- there are appropriate tools and resources to support states in using data-driven programs to determine the most cost-effective use of program funds, and
- any statutory changes are necessary to improve the effectiveness of the program.