S 301

112th CONGRESS
1st Session

S. 301

To amend title 49, United States Code, to make technical and minor modifications to the positive train control requirements under chapter 201.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

February 8, 2011

Mrs. HUTCHISON (for herself, Mr. THUNE, Mr. WICKER, and Mr. COBURN) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation


A BILL

To amend title 49, United States Code, to make technical and minor modifications to the positive train control requirements under chapter 201.

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

SECTION 1. IMPLEMENTATION OF POSITIVE TRAIN CONTROL.

    Section 20157 of title 49, United States Code, is amended--

      (1) by striking `transported;' in subsection (a)(1)(B) and inserting `transported on or after December 31, 2015;';

      (2) by adding at the end of subsection (c) the following: `The Secretary shall also afford railroads an opportunity to revise their plans as lines are added or removed pursuant to subsection (a). No plan shall be disapproved on grounds that the plan does not cover main line track over which--

      `(1) intercity rail passenger transportation or commuter rail passenger transportation will not be provided on or after December 31, 2015; or

      `(2) poison- or toxic-by-inhalation hazardous materials will not be transported on or after December 31, 2015.'; and

      (3) by striking `systems.' in subsection (d) and inserting `systems, including the ability of railroad carriers to meet the December 31, 2015, deadline for implementation of positive train control systems. The report shall include recommendations for improving the ability of rail carriers to implement positive train control systems in accordance with this section.'.

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