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Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
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Committee on Transportation and InfrastructureIntroducedJanuary 14th, 2019
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What is House Bill H.R. 543?
Cost of House Bill H.R. 543
In-Depth: Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ) reintroduced this bill from the 115th Congress to ensure that members of Congress and their constituents know when their railroad services are under safety audits:
“I am pleased to introduce this bill to ensure that our constituents know when the railroad services they rely on are under audit for safety reasons. Members of Congress and Senators must know when and why these safety assessments are underway so that we may inform our constituents and work on ways to provide assistance. My constituents and I never want to be caught off-guard by an unsafe rail transit agency – particularly when the federal government has been investigating it. This bill has previously been approved by the House and I look forward to making the case to my colleagues in the 116th Congress that we are all better served by a transparent and responsive rail safety oversight.”
Of Note: This bill was prompted by the 2016 Hoboken train crash, which killed a young mother and injured 110 passengers and crewmembers. In the wake of that crash, it was revealed that the FRA had been conducting a “deep audit” on NJ Transit, prompted by an increase in safety violations, but it hadn’t revealed this safety review to relevant members of Congress or the public.
Summary by Lorelei Yang(Photo Credit: iStockphoto.com / BeyondImages)