Description: TO PASS H.R. 11804.
Bill summary: (Measure passed Senate, amended)
Federal Railroad Safety Authorization Act - Authorizes to be appropriated not to exceed $35,000,000 for the fiscal year 1977, and not to exceed $35,000,000 for the fiscal year 1978 to carry out the provisions of the Federal Railroad Safety Act of 1970.
Limits the aggregate of the amounts obligated and expended for research and development activities under this Act in any fiscal year to not more than the aggregate of the amounts expended for rail inspection and
rail safety inspection and enforcement.
Increases the maximum penalties which may be assessed for violating specified railroad safety provisions.
Makes it unlawful for any common carrier not to provide its employees with sleeping quarters which provide them with an opportunity for uninterrupted rest in quarters having controlled temperatures and which are located away from a yard where switching or humping operations are performed.
Permits the crew of a wreck or relief train to be or remain on duty for not to exceed four additional hours in any period of 24 consecutive hours wherever an actual emergency exists and work of the crew is related to such emergency.
Revises the definition of employee to include hostlers.
Makes it unlawful for any common carrier, its officers or agents: (1) to require or permit an individual employed by the carrier who is engaged in installing, repairing or maintaining signal systems, in case such individual shall have been continuously on duty for 12 hours, to continue on duty or to go on duty until he has had at least ten consecutive hours off duty; or (2) to require or permit such an individual to continue on duty or to go on duty when he has not had at least eight consecutive hours off duty during the preceding 24 hours.
Permits individuals engaged in installing, repairing, or maintaining signal systems to be or remain on duty for not to exceed four additional hours whenever an actual emergency exists.
Directs the Secretary of Transportation to issue necessary regulations to require the rear car of passenger, commuter and freight trains to have highly visible markers which are lighted during periods of darkness or restricted visibility.
Divides the Federal Railroad Administration into not less than eight regional safety offices for the purpose of administering and enforcing all Federal railroad safety laws.
Requires the Office of Technology Assessment to evaluate the Federal Railroad Safety Program and to report to Congress within 18 months the results of such evaluation.
Provides for judicial review of the powers, functions, and duties transferred to the Secretary from the Interstate Commerce Commission in the U.S. district courts.
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Bill titles: A bill to amend the Federal Railroad Safety Act of 1970 to authorize additional appropriations, and for other purposes.
Original source documents: Digest of the Congressional Record vol. 122-90, p. H5699;
Links for more info on the vote: congress.gov