The conflict between the railroads and their labor organizations continues today. The unions have long been faced with declining employment, while management has confronted financial difficulties reflecting competition from other means of transportation.
The National Association of Railroad Passengers applauds the pro-expansion ideas contained within theRailroad Reform, Enhancement, and Efficiency Act of 2015 (RREEA 2015), released today by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.
This bill, a response to the House's Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act of 2015 (PRRIA 2015) -- covers a series of preventable train accidents by creating prioritizing grants to implement Positive Train Control technology and identifying common sense steps to speedily improve safety, such as creating speed limit action plans and addressing crew communication. It also contains a number of extremely promising provisions that with the proper funding levels could be used to build the efficient intermodal transportation network that American businesses will need to compete globally in the 21st Century.