Arnold GodoyApr 12, 2018, 10:59 amApr 12, 2018, 1:44 pm

Railroad safety bill introduced in aftermath of Hoboken train crash passes U.S. House

Proposed legislation presented by New Jersey lawmaker aims to uncover railway issues more effectively


NEWARK — A bill introduced in response to the deadly NJ Transit train crash in Hoboken was passed in the U.S. House by a unanimous vote on Tuesday.

Congressman Josh Gottheimer introduced the FRA Safety Data Improvement Act soon after the train crash in September 2016. Under the bill, the Federal Railroad Administration would be required to follow guidelines and standards set by the U.S. Dept. of Transportation. The measure would also require the FRA to eventually implement recommendations for management and collection of railroad safety data. Legislators hope this will help uncover safety problems more effectively on railroads services like Amtrak and NJ Transit.

This is Gottheimer's first stand-alone bill to pass the House.

The legislation will now go to the Senate before reaching the president's desk.

For a previous story on the deadly 2016 NJ Transit train crash in Hoboken, follow this link.

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