Ronald L. Batory Testifies Before Senate Commerce Committee for FRA Nomination
On July 26, 2017, the nominee for FRA Administrator Ronald L. Batory testified before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Topics discussed included grade crossings, the permitting process, train corridor noise, rail safety, electronically controlled pneumatic brakes, and rural Amtrak routes. On the topic of Positive Train Control (PTC) implementation, Chairman John Thune (R-SD) stated "I want to be clear — any railroad that fails to meet the revised framework should not expect any further extension from this committee." Mr. Batory noted that he fully intended on working diligently to ensure that the PTC deadline of December 31, 2018 would be met by all commuter railroads and would utilize administrative actions to ensure they were all in compliance. To view the hearing in its entirety, please click here.