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    Rail Grade Crossing Train Whistles

    In response to complaints about the noise made by train whistles, particularly in the Chicago area, witnesses testified about potential revisions to railroad safety guidelines. Among…

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    Hours of Service Rules for Motor Carriers

    Committee members heard testimony on the Department of Transportation’s proposed 'hours of service' rules for motor carriers, aimed at reducing driver fatigue. The proposed…

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    United Airlines - US Airways Merger Day 2

    Committee heard testimony about the proposed merger between U.S. Airways and American Airlines. Among the issues they discussed were the benefits that each company would gain, the…

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    United Airlines - US Airways Merger Day 1

    The committee heard testimony about the proposed merger between U.S. Airways and American Airlines. Among the issues they discussed were the benefits that each company would gain, the…

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    Airline Cockpit Monitoring Measures

    Witnesses testified about lessons learned for airline accidents, including a recent Egypt Air crash. They concentrated on installing cockpit video recorders, psychological testing of…

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    The Federal Fuel Tax and Rising Fuel Costs

    Witnesses testified about the effects of rising fuel costs on the transportation industry and a proposal to reduce prices through the abrogation of the federal fuel tax. They also…

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    Coast Guard Search and Rescue

    In light of a failure to rescue a recreational boater, witnesses testified about Coast Guard search and rescue procedures. Among the issues they addressed were communication systems,…

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    Cruise Ship Safety

    Witnesses testified about passenger safety on cruise ships. Focusing on a recent incident in which a fire disabled engines on a cruise ship leaving it adrift for 11 hours, witnesses…

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