US House of Representatives Passes Transportation Bill

Posted: September 29, 2016 in Craig Raucher
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US House of Representatives

US House of Representatives


Craig Raucher has worked with a number of major transportation companies as an executive with direct sales and operations experience. Over the course of his 35-year career, Craig Raucher has monitored trends and developments in the trucking and rail sectors.

In transportation industry news, the US House of Representatives recently approved a new bill that focuses highway funding on freight corridors and features transportation safety provisions. The House bill outlines a national freight network comprised of certain highways and commits $4.5 billion annually to capacity building for the network.

Due to lobbying by shipping and railroad entities, the bill also gives rail operators more time to integrate mandated positive train control (PTC) technology. If the bill is approved by the Senate, operators would have until at least the end of 2018 to employ the advanced safety technology that experts claim can prevent major accidents. The bill also stipulates that safety ratings for truck and bus companies must be eliminated from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s public website. According to the transportation industry, the methodology for the rating system is unsound.


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