Jun. 23, 2023

HARRISBURG – Earlier this month the House passed a bipartisan bill focused on improving railway safety standards across Pennsylvania, announced Rep. Joe Hogan (R- Bucks), who was a sponsor of the legislation and voted in favor of the bill. 

“The recent derailment in East Palestine shows the need to bring our railway safety standards into the modern age, by making sure we protect a crucial part of Pennsylvania’s transportation infrastructure,” Hogan said. “By updating our standards, we protect not just our infrastructure, but Pennsylvania’s economy and most importantly, the health of its citizens as well.”

House Bill 1028, as amended, addresses the standards, oversight and maintenance of wayside detector systems, provides for additional oversight of railroad company safety compliance, provides for a reporting mechanism if railroad companies are deemed out of compliance with federal regulations, establishes minimum safe staffing requirements, creates a reporting system for the transportation of hazardous materials and waste, and restricts unsafe train length.

“Protecting Pennsylvanians was one of my key priorities when running for the House in 2022,” said Hogan, “By supporting House Bill 1028 and improving our railway safety standards, we have helped protect Pennsylvanian’s from future catastrophic environmental disasters.” 

House Bill 1028 now goes to the Senate for consideration.

Representative Joe Hogan
142nd Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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