Rail Safety Reauthorization, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, United States Senate, One Hundred Tenth Congress, First Session, May 22, 2007   [open pdf - 3MB]

From the opening State of Frank R. Lautenberg: "Today we're focusing on the safety of our Nation's railroads. This Subcommittee has not held a hearing on this topic since 2002. And the Federal Rail Safety Program which is designed to keep our rails safe has not been authorized since 1994. But the safety of our railroads is critical to our national economy and the well being of cities and towns across our country. Last year freight trains carried 100 million tons of food, 150 million tons of farm products, 170 million tons of chemicals, and carry nearly three-quarters of the coal that's carried, more than a billion tons. That provides about half of the electricity generated in our country. So, the role is a critical one. The increase in freight rail will take more trucks off the road improving safety and decreasing congestion. The statistics for our National Passenger Rail System are no less impressive. Amtrak had record ridership in 2006 and the ridership is already up again this year by 5 percent." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Amy Klobuchar, Frank R. Lautenberg, Gordon H. Smith, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Edward R. Hamberger, Kurt W. Hyde, Charles E. Schumer, Katherine Siggerud, Jo Strang, Robert L. Sumwalt, Richard F. Timmons, and Edward Wytkind.

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S. Hrg. 110-1120; Senate Hearing 110-1120
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