Passenger Rail Safety: Accident Prevention and On-Going Efforts to Implement Train Control Technology

June 10, 2015

253 Senate Russell Office Building

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will hold a full committee hearing titled, “Passenger Rail Safety: Accident Prevention and On-Going Efforts to Implement Train Control Technology” on Wednesday, June 10, 2015, at 10:00 a.m.
 
Following the tragic Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia on May 12, 2015, this hearing offers an opportunity to hear testimony from expert witnesses about ongoing efforts to prevent passenger rail accidents, particularly through the use of train control technology.  Witnesses have been requested to discuss the capabilities and limitations of train control technologies (including positive train control systems); the current status of the deployment and functionality of positive train control systems; and current challenges with on-going efforts to install, test, and certify positive train control systems by the December 31, 2015, statutory deadline.
 
Witnesses:

-  The Honorable Tho "Bella" Dinh-Zarr, Vice Chairman, National Transportation Safety Board
-  Mr. Robert Lauby, Associate Administrator for Safety / Chief Safety Officer, U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration
-  Mr. Charles Mathias, Associate Bureau Chief, Federal Communications Commission, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau
-  Mr. DJ Stadtler, Executive Vice President / Chief Operations Officer, Amtrak

Hearing Details:
 
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
10:00 a.m.
 
Full Committee hearing titled, “Passenger Rail Safety: Accident Prevention and On-Going Efforts to Implement Train Control Technology”
 
This hearing will take place in Senate Russell Office Building, Room 253. Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing will be available on this page.

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

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.

Webcast

Minority Statement

  • Ranking Member Bill Nelson

  • Chairman John Thune

Witness Panel 1

  • The Honorable Tho "Bella" Dinh-Zarr

    Vice Chairman
    National Transportation Safety Board
  • Mr. Robert Lauby

    Associate Administrator for Safety/Chief Safety Officer
    U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration
    Lauby Testimony (35.60 KB)
  • Mr. Charles Mathias

    Associate Bureau Chief
    Federal Communications Commission, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau
    Mathias Testimony (184.17 KB)
  • Mr. DJ Stadtler

    Executive Vice President/Chief Operations Officer
    Amtrak
    Stadtler Testimony (141.91 KB)