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Issue Positon: Making our Railroads Safer

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Train safety has been one of Schiff's priorities for several years. Unfortunately, after the 2005 Glendale crash and the more recent Metrolink crash in Chatsworth, our community knows the tragedy of train collisions. The Railroad Safety Enhancement Act of 2008 included the Rail Collision Prevention Act, introduced by Schiff, which mandated the nationwide implantation of positive train control (PTC) by 2015, and authorized funds to help pay for the implantation. PTC helps bring a train to an automatic stop if engineers do not comply with a signal, or if a train has missed signals to stop or is slow to stop. The Railroad Safety Enhancement Act (H.R. 2095), was signed into law by the president on October 16, 2008. Schiff continues to use his seat on the House Appropriations Committee to ensure strong funding for PTC implementation both locally and nationally.


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