Consumer group laments transportation-funding quick fixes

The most recent extension on funding for federal transportation projects is the 33rd measure of its kind passed by Congress in the past six years, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) said on Wednesday.The PIRG said Congress has been using these extensions since the original 2009 expiration of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). Read More »

Pennsylvania agency orders Protran railway worker safety system

Protran Technology, a company with Harsco Rail and an industry leader with warning devices and advanced safety technology, said on Tuesday that it has received a significant railway safety technology order from the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), which is the operator of America’s sixth-biggest rapid-transit system by ridership. Read More »

Two House leaders tout plan for short Highway Trust Fund extension

U.S. Reps. Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Paul Ryan (R-WI) released a statement on Friday concerning legislation that was recently introduced to extend federal surface-transportation funding for two months. Shuster, chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and Ryan, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, are concerned about the impending expiration of Highway Trust Fund authorization. Read More »

2 D.C. lawmakers tell agency they have 'concerns' over new rail transport rules

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee Chairman John Thune (R-SD) said on Friday in a statement that certain aspects of the Department of Transportation's new federal safety standards for transporting crude oil, ethanol and other volatile liquids by rail tank car could have unintended consequences. Read More »

Congressman: Gas-tax bill a long-term fix for Highway Trust Fund

U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA), co-sponsor of the Bridge to Sustainable Infrastructure Act, said recently that Congress needs to stop kicking the can down the road and find a long-term solution to the country’s ailing Highway Trust Fund.  “My family was in the construction business, and that gives me a unique perspective. I understand the need for a long-term (funding) solution. This bill forces Congress to act and find a way to pay for it,” Barletta said in a phone interview with TI News Daily. Read More »

Reading and Northern Railroad names Thomas Cook vice president of transportation and safety

The Reading and Northern Railroad recently announced that it has named Thomas Cook as the company’s new Vice President of Transportation and Safety. In 1984, Cook earned his BA in Business Administration from Gettysburg College. Cook’s previous experience with leadership and operations is marked by a zeal of developing engineers and employees while making safety a top priority. In January 2015, Cook retired from CSX Transportation and Conrail, where he worked for 30 years. Read More »

House bill aims to block proposed EPA water rule

In an effort to block the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, two House leaders introduced legislation on Monday that would block the rule from taking effect. U.S. Reps. Bill Shuster (R-PA), chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and Bob Gibbs (R-OH), chairman of the Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee, are sponsoring the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act of 2015. Read More »