Thousands of local governments have train tracks running through their communities. After the devastating derailment of a Norfolk Southern train in East Palestine, OH, carrying hazardous materials, Congress is examining how to improve rail safety with bipartisan Senate Bill 576 – The Railway Safety Act of 2023 from Ohio Senators Brown and Vance. 

Join NLC and Senate Commerce Committee Chair Maria Cantwell (WA), Senator Sherrod Brown (OH) and Senator J.D. Vance (OH) on Monday, April 17, at 5:00 PM ET for an update on what Congress is doing to raise the safety standards for rail and how communities of all sizes across the country should be weighing in with their Senators. With three derailments happening every day and only Congress able to make rail safety improvements, NLC supports Congressional action to keep communities safe and to keep rail moving efficiently, and we want cities to join us in making sure Congress takes a bipartisan path so they can successfully pass legislation this year. 


  • Clarence Anthony, CEO of the National League of Cities 
  • Senator Maria Cantwell (WA), Chair of the Senate Commerce Committee 
  • Senator Sherrod Brown (OH)
  • Senator J.D. Vance (OH)
  • Mayor Matt Pacifico, Altoona, Pennsylvania