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PTC s Extended, House Works on Transportation Bill

November 05, 2015

Crisis averted, Congress voted to extend the deadline for Positive Train Control (PTC), giving the railroads until the end of 2018 to install the system. Extension of this deadline will help avoid a partial railroad shutdown at the end of the year.

Now, the House is working on their version of the long-term renewal of the highway and surface transportation bill. We are anticipating that the House’s version will mostly include funding for highways, leaving little funding for trains —including high-speed rail. While they are using the Senate’s version as a starting point there will be a several day debate with over 280 amendments that were made by members of the House, 100 of which were actually approved by the House Rules Committee.

It is all going to be up to the Conference committee that will decide on the final bill, committee members will be both from the House and Senate. We hope that the Senate’s approach to funding trains will be in the final.


Shira Orlowek
Operations Manager

Last Week at MHSRA:
MHSRA staff met with community leaders along the Metra Electric line to continue our efforts to support CrossRail Chicago.

Articles We Enjoyed:

N.C. DOT wins $25M federal grant for Gateway Station
"The N.C. Department of Transportation has won a $25 million federal grant to help build the Gateway Station uptown, which would be a hub for Amtrak, a commuter rail line, local and long-distance buses and a streetcar."

Congress OKs deadline extension for rail safety system, averts shutdown
"The Senate approved a House-passed measure that gives railroads an additional three years, to Dec. 31, 2018, to install the safety system known as positive train control. The measure, part of a larger transportation funding bill, now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature."

SunRail link to Orlando airport gets closer look
"Once little more than a drawing on a piece of paper, the proposed SunRail link to Orlando International Airport has nudged its way into line for possible federal money, rolling the train connection a bit closer to reality."

China approves budget for 2022 Winter Olympics rail link
"China has approved the budget for a $9.22 billion high-speed rail project connecting Beijing to the outdoor venues for the 2022 Winter on the 174 kilometer (108-mile) line to Zhangjiakou in neighboring Hebei province will last 4 ½ years.”

Members File 280 Amendments To The Transporation Bill—Wait Until You See What Some Could Mean For Your Trans System
"Newly elected House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) promised restive House Republicans that he’d give them a greater opportunity to affect legislation as it moved through the U.S. House. Members from both sides of the aisle responded to the less restrictive rules by flooding the transportation bill (HR 3763) with over 280 amendments!"

Upcoming Events:

- Join us for lunch with keynote speaker and transportation leader Kathy Haley at Maggianos in Chicago, IL on November 13th. Click here to learn more and sign-up.

- We are planning a Japan High-Speed Rail Tour in October of 2016.

This trip will give everyone an opportunity to enjoy the rich history of train travel the country offers. We are creating an itinerary that includes riding the first high-speed rail line, visiting at least one railroad museum and meetings with experts in the field. We have already begun making contacts to arrange technical visits and train tours. Once we have received 10 fully-refundable deposits we will finalize the details of the trip.

Please click here if you would like to learn more or are interested in joining the trip.

Please click here if you are ready to make a $500 fully-refundable deposit for the trip.

Shira Orlowek
Midwest High Speed Rail Association
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773-334-6758PTC s Extended, House Works on Transportation Bill