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Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials

Membership 114th Congress

Subcommittee Ranking Member

Michael Capuano
Massachusetts ~ 07

Democratic Members

Corrine Brown
Florida ~ 05

Daniel Lipinski
Illinois ~ 03

Jerrold Nadler
New York ~ 10

Elijah Cummings
Maryland ~ 07

Rick Larsen
Washington ~ 02

Steve Cohen
Tennessee ~ 09

Albio Sires
New Jersey ~ 08

Richard Nolan
Minnesota ~ 08

Elizabeth Esty
Connecticut ~ 05

Grace Napolitano
California ~ 32

Janice Hahn
California ~ 44

Peter DeFazio
Oregon ~ 04

Chairman

Jeff Denham
California ~ 10

Republican Members

Jeff Denham
California ~ 10

John Duncan
Tennessee ~ 02

John Mica
Florida ~ 07

Sam Graves
Missouri ~ 06

Candice Miller
Michigan ~ 10

Lou Barletta
Pennsylvania ~ 11

Blake Farenthold
Texas ~ 27

Richard Hanna
New York ~ 22

Daniel Webster
Florida ~ 10

Tom Rice
South Carolina ~ 07

Scott Perry
Pennsylvania ~ 04

Todd Rokita
Indiana ~ 04

John Katko
New York ~ 24

Brian Babin
Texas ~ 36

Cresent Hardy
Nevada ~ 04

Mimi Walters
California ~ 45

Lee Zeldin
New York ~ 01

The Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials has jurisdiction over the economic and safety regulation of railroads and the agencies that administer those regulations.  Economic regulation is administered by the three-member Surface Transportation Board (STB).  This independent agency also has the authority to address national emergencies as they affect the nation’s rail transportation system.

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is responsible for administering railroad safety laws, railroad infrastructure and development programs, possesses responsibilities relevant to homeland security, and has federal oversight of Amtrak.

Amtrak is the nation’s major provider of intercity passenger rail service.  Also known as the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, Amtrak was established by law in 1970 and required to assume the responsibility from private sector railroads for provision of passenger rail services.  The Subcommittee continues to oversee efforts to increase efficiency and accountability in Amtrak’s operations.

The Subcommittee also has jurisdiction over the benefit but not revenue aspects of railroad retirement and unemployment systems, as well as rail labor relations.

The transportation of hazardous materials and the issue of pipeline safety also fall under the scope of this subcommittee.

Issues and agencies under the jurisdiction of the Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee include:

  • Economic regulation of railroads
  • Surface Transportation Board (STB)
  • Railroad safety, including safety practices, equipment, and reporting
  • Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)
  • Railroad development programs, such as high-speed rail research and development
  • Rail infrastructure programs
  • Rail security
  • Amtrak
  • Amtrak Inspector General
  • Northeast Corridor Infrastructure and Operations Advisory Commission
  • Railroad retirement (regarding the benefit aspects) and unemployment
  • Railroad Retirement Board, which administers the retirement and unemployment programs unique to railroads
  • Railroad Retirement Board Inspector General
  • National Railroad Retirement Investment Trust
  • Railway Labor Act
  • The National Mediation Board, which administer the Railway Labor Act
  • Federal Employers’ Liability Act, which is the railroad worker-compensation statute
  • Hazardous materials transportation
  • Pipeline transportation safety
  • Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)

Recent Activity

Dec 6, 2012 Hearing

WHAT:
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Hearing on “An Update on the High Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail Program: Mistakes Made and Lessons Learned”

WHEN:
Thursday, December 6, 2012; 9:30 AM

WHERE:
2167 Rayburn House Office Building

Nov 28, 2012 Hearing

WHAT:
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Hearing on “Getting Back on Track:  A Review of Amtrak’s Structural Reorganization”

WHEN:
Wednesday, November 28, 2012; 10:00 AM

WHERE:
2167 Rayburn House Office Building

Sep 20, 2012 Hearing

WHAT:
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Hearing on “A Review of Amtrak Operations, Part III:   Examining 41 Years of Taxpayer Subsidies”

WHEN:
Thursday, September 20, 2012; 9:30 AM

WHERE:
2167 Rayburn House Office Building

Sep 11, 2012 Hearing

WHAT:
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure hearing on “A Review of Amtrak Operations Part 2: The High Cost of Amtrak’s  Monopoly Mentality in Commuter Rail Competitions”

WHEN:
Tuesday, September 11, 2012; 10:00 AM

WHERE:
2167 Rayburn House Office Building

 

Aug 2, 2012 Hearing

WHAT:
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Hearing on “A Review of Amtrak Operations, Part I: Mismanagement of Food & Beverage Services”

WHEN:
Thursday, August 2, 2012; 10:00 AM

WHERE:
2167 Rayburn House Office Building

 

Dec 15, 2011 Hearing

WHAT:
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Hearing on “California’s High-Speed Rail Plan: Skyrocketing Costs & Project Concerns”

WHEN:
Thursday, December 15, 2011; 10:00 AM

WHERE:
2167 Rayburn House Office Building

 

 

Dec 6, 2011 Hearing

WHAT:
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Hearing on “The Federal Railroad Administration’s High Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail Program: Mistakes and Lessons Learned”

WHEN:
Tuesday, December 6, 2011; 11:00 AM

WHERE:
2167 Rayburn House Office Building

Jul 14, 2011 Hearing

WHAT:
Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Hearing on “Silvertip Pipeline Oil Spill in Yellowstone County, Montana”

WHEN:
Thursday, July 14, 2011; 10:00 AM

WHERE:
2167 Rayburn House Office Building

 

 

Jun 22, 2011 Hearing

WHAT:
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Legislative Hearing on the committee print “Competition for Intercity Passenger Rail in America”

WHEN:
Wednesday, June 22, 2011; 11:00 AM

WHERE:
2167 Rayburn House Office Building

 

 

May 26, 2011 Hearing

WHAT:
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Hearing on “Opening the Northeast Corridor to Private Competition for the Development of High-Speed Rail”

WHEN:
May 26, 2011; 10:00 AM

WHERE:
2167 Rayburn House Office Building

 

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