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Published on Friday, February 10, 2017

Bill seeks authority to set speed limits for trains carrying hazardous flammable materials

HB 1498/SB 5098 would authorize the Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) and first class cities to seek a preemption waiver from the United States Department of Transportation for a speed limit reduction for high-hazard flammable trains in certain circumstances. It would also grant first class cities the authority to request that the UTC exercise its authority in the regulation of rail speed limits on the city's behalf.

HB 1498 had a public hearing in the House Transportation Committee on February 2. SB 5098 is scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Transportation Committee on February 15. AWC supports this legislation and will continue to monitor its progress.

Categories: Transportation