S. 3081 (95th): Federal Railroad Safety Act Amendments Act

May 15, 1978 (95th Congress, 1977–1978)
Signed by the President on Nov 02, 1978
Slip Law:
This bill became Pub.L. 95-574.

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on November 2, 1978.

May 15, 1978
Reported by Committee
May 15, 1978
Passed Senate
May 25, 1978
Passed House with Changes
Oct 13, 1978
Senate Agreed to Changes
Oct 14, 1978
Signed by the President
Nov 02, 1978
Howard Cannon
Senator from Nevada
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Last Updated
Nov 02, 1978
Related Bills
H.R. 12577 (Related)
Federal Railroad Safety Authorization Act

Passed House
Last Action: Oct 13, 1978

Full Title

An Act to amend the Federal Railroad Safety Act of 1970 to authorize additional appropriations, and for other purposes.


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10/13/1978--Passed House amended.
(Measure passed House, amended, in lieu of H.R. 12577) Federal Railroad Safety Authorization Act - Amends the Federal Railroad Safety Act of 1970 to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 1979 for expenses of the Office of Safety, State safety programs, expenses of the Federal Railroad Administration, and for conducting safety research and development programs.
Sets forth limitations on the use of such funds.
Amends the Hours of Service Act to prescribe maximum on-duty and minimum off-duty hours for signal system employees.
Defines "designated terminal" under such Act. Removes the authority of the National Transportation Safety Board to investigate rail accidents.
Requires the Secretary of Transportation to conduct an evaluation of the safety and efficiency of rail transportation from which rules, regulations, orders and standards relating to maximum size, weight, and length of railroad cars and trains issued by the Secretary shall be derived.
Directs the Secretary to submit to Congress within two years after the date of enactment of this Act the results of a study on the effect of the exclusive ownership and control of rights-of-way by railroads on the safety and efficiency of rail transportation.

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