Freight Rail Transportation: Enhancing Safety, Efficiency, and Commerce

January 28, 2015

253 Senate Russell Office Building

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will convene a full committee hearing, “Freight Rail Transportation: Enhancing Safety, Efficiency, and Commerce” on Wednesday, January 28, 2015, at 10 a.m. The hearing will focus on challenges facing our nation’s freight rail network created by higher demand, rules and regulations, and infrastructure needs.

“From agriculture to energy production and finished goods, freight rail is a critical lifeline for our economy that also directly employs more than 180,000 Americans,” said Commerce Committee Chairman Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) on announcing the hearing. “This hearing will offer Senators an update on challenges facing the
industry from railroads and those who depend on them.”

Hearing Details:

January 28, 2015

Full Committee Hearing entitled:  “Freight Rail Transportation: Enhancing Safety,
Efficiency, and Commerce”

10:00 a.m. in room SR-253


For reporters interested in reserving a seat, please contact the press gallery:

         Periodical Press Gallery – 202-224-0265

         Radio/Television Gallery – 202-224-6421

         Press Photographers Gallery – 202-224-6548

         Daily Press Gallery – 202-224-0241

Please note the hearing will be webcast live via the Senate Commerce Committee website.  Refresh the Commerce Committee homepage 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time to automatically begin streaming the webcast.

Individuals with disabilities who require an auxiliary aid or service, including closed captioning service for the webcast hearing, should contact Stephanie Gamache at 202-224-5511 at least three business days in advance of the hearing date.



Majority Statement

  • Senator John Thune

Minority Statement

  • Ranking Member Bill Nelson

Witness Panel 1

  • Mr. Frank Lonegro

    Vice President, Service Design
    CSX Transportation
    Lonegro testimony (695.32 KB)
  • Mr. Dave Brown

    Chief Operating Officer
    Genesee & Wyoming Railroad Services
    Brown testimony (71.28 KB)
  • Mr. Bill Johnson

    Former Director of Port Miami and Former Chair of the Florida Ports Council
    Johnson testimony (869.37 KB)
  • Ms. Michelle Teel

    Multimodal Director
    Missouri Department of Transportation
    Teel testimony (88.52 KB)
  • Mr. Chris Jahn

    The Fertilizer Institute