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Safety Amendment to Amtrak Authorization Includes Section 106 Study
Historic Preservation Blog from PreservationDirectory.com - Amtrak reauthorization bill, National Trust for Historic Preservation, historic railroad facilities, Secretary of Transportation, National Historic Preservation Act, Section 106
Contributed By: The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Email The Author: pr@nthp.org
Website: http://www.nthp.org

A draft rail safety amendment to an Amtrak reauthorization bill (HR 2095) has been negotiated this week that includes the compromise study language that the National Trust helped develop regarding the streamlining of Section 106 reviews for “federally-funded railroad infrastructure repair and improvement projects” that impact historic railroad facilities. The compromise language requires the Secretary of Transportation to issue a report within one year of enactment that include “recommendations for any regulatory or legislative amendments that may streamline compliance with the requirements described in a manner consistent with railroad safety and the policies and purposes of section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.”

The House cleared the amended bill on Wednesday and the Senate is tentatively expected to pass the bill on Friday. However, Sen. Tom Coburn (ROK) has indicated he will object to the bill over a $1.5 billion earmark for the Washington, D.C. metro system. In addition, more pressing items, such as the defense authorization bill, the economic bailout package and the CR, may prevent passage of the rail bill before Congress recesses for the year.

Reprinted by permission of the Public Policy Department of the National Trust


Keywords: Amtrak reauthorization bill, National Trust for Historic Preservation, historic railroad facilities, Secretary of Transportation, National Historic Preservation Act, Section 106

Posted: September 29, 2008
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