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Letter

Sending Office: Honorable Alcee L. Hastings
Sent By:
Damon.Wright@mail.house.gov

Please Prioritize Rail Safety in FY21!

Deadline: COB Today, Monday, March 9, 2020

**This is a Programmatic Request that will require online submission**

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Dear Colleague,

Today is the last day to join us in requesting that complex electronic systems critical to rail safety are prioritized in the FY2021 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.

As you know, the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) Office of Railroad Safety promotes and regulates safety throughout the Nation’s railroad industry. Thanks to continued investment, rail safety continues to improve, with significant reductions in accidents
and improved safety performance.

As we look to the future, we must continue to lead in the next generation of safety improvements throughout our country’s rail system and further eliminate risk. We are therefore urging the FRA to adopt a national standard for performance verification, testing,
and maintenance methods to ensure that critical electronics systems are operating properly.

If you have any questions, please contact Damon Wright in the office of Congressman Alcee L. Hastings at

Damon.Wright@mail.house.gov
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Sincerely,

Alcee L. Hastings                  Katie Porter                         Darren Soto
      Member of Congress           Member of Congress          Member of Congress
   

 
FY20 Signatories: Alcee L. Hastings, Katie Porter, Darren Soto, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Juan Vargas, Steve Cohen, Albio Sires, Eliot L. Engel, Ro Khanna, Robin L. Kelly, A. Donald McEachin, Ann McLane Kuster, Rick Larsen, Denny Heck, Peter Welch, Earl Blumenauer,
Brendan F. Boyle, Alan Lowenthal, Raja Krishnamoorthi, Yvette D. Clarke, Jerrold Nadler, Sean Casten, Raúl M. Grijalva, Angie Craig, André Carson, Frederica S. Wilson, Cedric Richmond

The Honorable David Price
Chairman
House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
2358-A Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

The Honorable Mario Diaz-Balart
Ranking Member
House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
1016 Longworth House Office Building,
Washington, D.C. 20515
 
As the Subcommittee begins work on its FY2021 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, we ask that you continue to prioritize rail infrastructure and safety investments that benefit millions of Americans every
year.  
 
The Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) Office of Railroad Safety promotes and regulates safety throughout the Nation’s railroad industry. Thanks to continued investment, rail safety continues to improve, with significant reductions in accidents and improved
safety performance. As we look to the future, we must continue to lead in the next generation of safety improvements throughout our country’s rail system and further eliminate risk. It is equally important to provide investment in transit maintenance depots
to insure that the recent technology investments remain fully operational. It is important that the FRA adopt a national standard for performance verification, testing, and maintenance methods to ensure that critical electronics systems are operating properly.
We therefore ask the Subcommittee to include the following language in its FY21 subcommittee report:

System Safety and Risk Reduction Programs.–The Committee recognizes that continued investments in critical rail infrastructure programs will make our rails, railcars, and trains safer and urges the FRA to continue prioritizing investments in the development
of technologies designed to verify the functional performance of complex electronic systems such as: positive train control, automated train control, passenger door control, train communications,  Computer Based Train Control (CBTC) and Land Mobile Radio (LMR)
radio testing,  train environmental control, and railcar signs. The committee recognizes the importance of deploying these technologies in both new and existing transit systems and acknowledges investments made in such technologies and maintenance depot facilities
by cities across the country. The Committee urges the FRA to continue working with industry to develop standardized performance verification, test, diagnostics, and repair for such systems as well as new technology to tackle the State of Good Repair backlog

We thank the Subcommittee for its past support of rail and transportation safety programs and respectfully ask that the above request is included in the FY21 subcommittee report.
 
Sincerely,
 

 

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