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Written Testimony: Rail Safety Hearing

  • 19
  • Jun
  • 2013
SPEAKER: Joseph C. Szabo
SPEAKER'S TITLE: Administrator
KEYWORDS: Safety, Rail, Reauthorization
ABSTRACT: Chairman, Ranking Member, and Members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today, on behalf of Secretary LaHood, to discuss the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) rail safety program. Rail is a particularly safe mode of transportation, and one that Americans are choosing more than ever before. In this testimony, I will detail recent accomplishments, including the status of FRA’s implementation of the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (RSIA), and I will discuss current challenges. We would like to note that some railroad accidents widely reported in the press during the last few months do not reflect the positive trends in safety statistics and annual records that we have seen in safety data. In closing, I will describe FRA’s preliminary reauthorization proposals, which we view as key components for improving our safety program.


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