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12/19/2011



Rail News: Federal Legislation & Regulation

APTA provides update on surface transportation bill negotiations, other rail legislation


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As of Dec. 16, members of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs continued to work on a bipartisan proposal to extend Federal Transit Administration programs, but the tentative markup of the committee’s transit title to the Senate’s surface transportation authorization bill was delayed, American Public Transportation Association (APTA) officials said in a Dec. 16 “Legislative Alert.”

Committee staff indicated negotiations continued toward an agreement on the legislation, the alert states.

The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works previously marked up a two-year proposal known as “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century” (MAP-21), which would authorize the federal highway program.

In addition, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation last week approved safety, research and policy bills for inclusion in the Senate’s surface transportation authorization legislation. However, the committee delayed action on rail provisions such as intercity passenger rail and positive train control while negotiations continued over a variety of issues, the APTA alert states.



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