Feb03

Shuster, LoBiondo Introduce Bill to Spin Off Air Traffic Control from Federal Government



Washington, DC – Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) today introduced the Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act, legislation that establishes an independent, not-for-profit corporation, outside of the federal government, to modernize and provide U.S. air traffic control (ATC) services.

The AIRR Act (H.R. 4441) is a six-year reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and maintains the FAA’s role as the Nation’s aviation safety regulator. The federally chartered air traffic control corporation will be governed by a board representing the aviation system’s users and the public interest.

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Jan20

Inspector General: FAA Reforms Falling Short of Cost, Efficiency, & Modernization Expected Goals



The Department of Transportation Inspector General today released a scathing report outlining numerous shortcomings of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) efforts to implement reforms intended to help the agency operate more effectively and efficiently, improve the delivery of air traffic services, and modernize the U.S. air traffic control system.

The report finds that FAA’s efforts have fallen short of anticipated cost savings and operational efficiencies, as well as in improving the delivery of new technologies and capabilities.

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Dec03

House Passes 5-Year FAST Act to Invest in America’s Surface Transportation Infrastructure



The House of Representatives today overwhelmingly approved the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, five-year legislation to improve America’s roads, bridges, public transit, and rail transportation systems and reform federal surface transportation programs.

The FAST Act is the bicameral, bipartisan agreement of the House-Senate Conference Committee that was tasked with resolving differences between the surface transportation bills passed earlier this year in the House and Senate.   The House voted 359 to 65 in favor of the FAST Act Conference Report.

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Dec01

Shuster, Inhofe, DeFazio, Boxer Announce Agreement on Surface Transportation Legislation



The leaders of the House and Senate lead committees working to reach a bicameral, bipartisan agreement on surface transportation legislation released a joint statement today on the Conference Report for the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act.

Statement of House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA), who is also chairman of the surface transportation bill Conference Committee; Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-OK), who is the Conference Committee’s vice chairman; House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR); and Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Ranking Member Barbara Boxer (D-CA):

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Nov05

Surface Transportation Reauthorization & Reform Act Receives Overwhelming House Support



Following three days of debate, during which over 100 amendments were considered, the U.S. House of Representatives today overwhelmingly approved a bipartisan, multi-year surface transportation bill to reauthorize and reform federal highway, transit, and highway safety programs.

The Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015 (the STRR Act) helps improve the Nation’s surface transportation infrastructure, refocuses programs on addressing national priorities, provides more flexibility and certainty for states and local governments, accelerates project delivery, maintains a strong commitment to safety, and promotes innovation to make the transportation system and programs more effective. 

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Oct22

Committee Approves Surface Transportation Reauthorization & Reform Act



The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee today unanimously approved the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform (STRR) Act of 2015 (H.R. 3763), a bipartisan, multi-year surface transportation bill to reauthorize and reform federal highway, transit, and highway safety programs.

The STRR Act helps improve the Nation’s surface transportation infrastructure, reforms programs and refocuses those programs on addressing national priorities, maintains a strong commitment to safety, and promotes innovation to make the system and programs work better.  The proposal is fiscally responsible, provides greater flexibility and more certainty for states and local governments to address their priorities, and accelerates project delivery.  The bill also extends the deadline for U.S. railroads to implement Positive Train Control technology.

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Sep30

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.

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Jul28

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.”

Click here for a fact sheet on the legislation.

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