Hearing: Implementation of Positive Train Control

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will hold a hearing titled "Implementation of Positive Train Control". The hearing will focus on the implementation of the safety technology known as positive train control (PTC), amid concerns that some passenger railroads could fall short of meeting legal safety obligations, as well as actions or steps that could be taken to ensure compliance with the statutory deadline of December 31, 2018. 

Earlier in the year, Chairman John Thune (R-SD) sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting an evaluation of PTC implementation among passenger railroads. The GAO will testify about the results of its study at the hearing. Chairman Thune also asked the Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General (DOT OIG) to track Federal government funding and financing support for PTC, and spending among recipient railroads, and the DOT OIG will also testify about its findings. The hearing will also include testimony from Amtrak and the nation’s largest commuter rail agency, Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 

Witnesses include:

  • Ms. Susan Fleming: Director of Physical Infrastructure, Government Accountability Office
  • Mr. Barry J. DeWeese: Assistant Inspector General, Department of Transportation OIG
  • Mr. David L. Mayer: Chief Safety Officer, Metropolitan Transportation Authority
  • Mr. Richard Anderson: President and Chief Executive Officer, Amtrak

Members of the public may attend in person or via webcast. More information is available at the Committee's website.

Event Date
Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 10:15am