Committee Leaders Introduce Positive Train Control Deadline Extension

Transportation and Infrastructure Committee leaders today introduced bipartisan legislation to extend the deadline for U.S. railroads to implement Positive Train Control technology.

Congress mandated that freight railroad lines carrying certain toxic materials, passenger railroads, and commuter railroads implement Positive Train Control technology by December 31, 2015. However, most freight and commuter railroads have reported that they will not be able to meet the deadline, and require more time to complete implementation. Recently, a Government Accountability Office study on the issue confirmed that railroads have faced a number of challenges in implementing the complex technology, and most will not be able to meet the deadline.


Shuster Statement on 3-Month Surface Transportation Extension

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) released the following statement today after the introduction of a bill to fund and extend the authorization for federal highway and transit programs through the end of October

“My goal remains the completion of a long-term bill to improve our Nation’s roads, bridges, and other infrastructure as soon as possible, and the House continues to make progress on that billThe Senate’s work on their transportation bill is a positive step, but the House also needs to make its voice heard and put forth its own priorities for such a significant piece of legislation.  I believe this three-month extension represents the compromise that allows the House more time, and a confirmation of our commitment to produce a fiscally responsible long-term proposal.”

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UPDATED: Shuster to Lead Pennsylvania Roadshow Across State to Highlight Need to Strengthen Infrastructure & Keep America Competitive

Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) next week will lead a team of Pennsylvania Members of Congress, T&I Committee members, state officials, and transportation secretaries from across the U.S. for two days of meetings and events focusing on the state of infrastructure in Pennsylvania and America, the federal-state partnership in infrastructure and the Nation’s competitiveness, and the importance of Congress passing a long-term surface transportation bill.


House Passes Amtrak Reform Bill

The House of Representatives today approved a bipartisan bill that improves the Nation’s passenger rail system and reforms Amtrak by reducing costs, creating greater accountability and transparency, leveraging private sector resources, and accelerating rail project delivery.

The Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act of 2015, or PRRIA (H.R. 749), was introduced by Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA); T&I Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR); Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee Chairman Jeff Denham (R-CA); and Subcommittee Ranking Member Michael Capuano (D-MA).
“PRRIA brings significant and needed reforms to Amtrak.  This bill will result in cutting waste, strengthening our infrastructure, and providing better, more cost-effective passenger rail service for our Nation’s transportation system,” Shuster said. 


Chairman Shuster Response to President’s Comments on Infrastructure in State of the Union

Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) released the following statement in response to the President’s State of the Union address:
“The president’s continued interest in wanting to work together to solve America’s infrastructure issues is a positive step. Whether it be the Water Resources Reform and Development Act or our bipartisan Public-Private Partnership Panel, the Committee has shown that it can solve our nation’s problems in a fiscally responsible manner.  
"While I’m willing to work with President Obama on finding a way to fix our nation’s infrastructure, having to choose between infrastructure or the job-creating Keystone pipeline is a shell game that costs the American people further energy independence and job creation.  Both are opportunities we should pursue and can achieve.” 


Shuster Announces Subcommittee Chairmen & T&I Vice Chairman for 114th Congress

Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) today announced his selections for the Committee’s six subcommittee chairmen and the Full Committee Vice Chairman for the 114th Congress.

“Last Congress, the Committee was able to work together to accomplish a number of our policy and legislative goals to help strengthen America’s infrastructure and bolster the Nation’s competitiveness,” Shuster said.  “A great deal of our success was attributable to our committee’s excellent leadership team.  With the return of five of our subcommittee chairmen and Full Committee Vice Chairman, and the addition of a proven leader to lead our Highways and Transit Subcommittee, I am confident we will be able to continue effectively addressing the needs of our transportation system.”


House Approves Pro-Jobs Keystone Pipeline Bill

A bill to approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline project and help create thousands of American jobs was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives today.

H.R. 3, introduced in the House by U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND), provides for the immediate approval of the Keystone project, delayed for years by the administration.  The bill passed the House by a vote of 266 to 153.