Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2015 (HR 3819, 114th Congress)
What it does
Revises positive train control systems requirements.
HR 3819, the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2015, includes in section 1302, The Positive Train Control Enforcement and Implementation Act of 2015, which revises positive train control systems requirements as follows:
Extends from December 31, 2015, to December 31, 2018, the deadline for submission to DOT by each Class I railroad carrier and each entity providing regularly scheduled intercity or commuter rail passenger transportation of a revised plan for implementing a positive train control (PTC) system on certain of its tracks. Permits such carrier or other entity to provide for an alternative schedule and sequence for implementing a PTC system, subject to DOT review.
Requires each railroad carrier or other entity to report annually to DOT on the progress toward implementing PTC systems.
Authorizes DOT to assess civil penalties for violations of this section.
Exempts Class I railroad carriers with PTC systems that have been certified and implemented on its tracks from certain federal rail operating restrictions that would otherwise apply where a PTC-equipped track segment fails or cuts out en route, provided the carrier operates at an equivalent or greater level of safety than that acheived before use or implementation of its PTC system.
Requires DOT to amend federal regulations relating to equipping locomotives for Class II and Class III railroads operating in PTC territory to extend each deadline under the regulations by three years.