Ohio Gov. DeWine signs $13.5 transportation budget, rail safety package into law
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has signed a $13.5 billion transportation budget and rail safety package into law, aimed at improving the state's infrastructure and ensuring the safety of its citizens. The transportation budget includes funding for road and bridge repairs, public transit, and aviation infrastructure. It also includes $70 million for the Ohio Department of Transportation's Major New Construction Program, which will fund large-scale transportation projects across the state. The rail safety package, which was introduced in response to a series of high-profile train accidents in Ohio, includes new regulations for railroad companies and increased funding for safety inspections and training programs. Under the new regulations, railroad companies will be required to install positive train control technology, which can automatically stop a train if it is in danger of colliding with another train or running off the tracks. The package also includes new requirements for railroad companies to report safety incidents and accidents to state authorities. In addition to the new regulations, the rail safety package includes $10 million in funding for the Ohio Rail Development Commission, which will be used to improve rail infrastructure and safety across the state. Governor DeWine praised the transportation budget and rail safety package as important investments in Ohio's future. "By investing in our infrastructure and improving rail safety, we are creating a safer, more efficient transportation system that will benefit all Ohioans," he said in a statement. "These investments will help us attract new businesses, create jobs, and improve the quality of life for our citizens." The transportation budget and rail safety package were passed with bipartisan support in the Ohio legislature, and are expected to have a significant impact on the state's economy and infrastructure in the years to come.