Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials

The Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials exercises jurisdiction over the programs and activities of two U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) modal administrations, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). The jurisdiction of the Subcommittee includes all federal laws and programs regulating railroad transportation, including railroad safety, rail infrastructure programs, economic regulation, railroad labor laws, and the non-revenue aspects of the federal railroad retirement and railroad unemployment systems. The jurisdiction of the Subcommittee also includes all federal laws and programs regulating the safety of gas and hazardous liquid pipelines and the safety of transporting material and freight that has been classified as hazardous, regardless of the mode of transportation. Agencies and other establishments outside USDOT whose rail-related activities fall within the Subcommittee jurisdiction include:

  • Surface Transportation Board
  • Amtrak
  • Amtrak Inspector General
  • Northeast Corridor Infrastructure and Operations Advisory Commission
  • Railroad Retirement Board
  • Railroad Retirement Board Inspector General
  • National Railroad Retirement Investment Trust
  • National Mediation Board

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