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S. Hrg. 103-291, Pr. 3 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND RELAT- ED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS FOR HSCAL YEAR 1994 HEARINGS BEFORE A SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS UNITED STATES SENATE ONE HUNDRED THIRD CONGRESS FIRST SESSION ON H.R. 2490/2750 AN ACT MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANS- PORTATION AND RELATED AGENCIES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES 30, 1994, PART 3 (Pages 1673-2435) Submitted questions and statements Printed for the use of the Committee on Appropriations U.S. GSOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE 68-626cc WASHINGTON : 1994 ForsalebytheU.S.GovernmentPrintingOffice SuperintendentofDocuments,CongressionalSalesOffice.Washington,DC 20402 ISBN 0-16-043689-3.
COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS ROBERT C. BYRD, West Virginia, Chairman DANIEL K. INOUYE. Hawaii MARK 0. HATFIELD, Oregon ERNEST F. HOLLINGS, South CaroUna TED STEVENS, Alaska J. BENNETT JOHNSTON, Louisiana THAD COCHRAN, Mississippi PATRICKJ. LEAHY, Vermont ALFONSE M. D'AMATO, New York JIM SASSER, Tennessee ARLEN SPECTER, Pennsylvania DENNIS DeCONCINI, Arizona PETE V. DOMENICI, New Mexico DALE BUMPERS, Arkansas DON NICKLES, Oklahoma FRANK R. LAUTENBERG, New Jersey PHIL GRAMM, Texas TOM HARKIN, Iowa CHRISTOPHER S. BOND, Missouri BARBARAA. MIKULSKI, Maryland SLADE GORTON, Washington HARRY REID, Nevada MITCH McCONNELL, Kentucky J. ROBERT KERREY, Nebraska CONNIE MACK, Florida HERB KOHL, Wisconsin CONRAD BURNS, Montana PATTY MURRAY, Washington DIANNE FEINSTEIN, California James H. Enoush, StaffDirector Mary S. Dewald, ChiefClerk J. Keith Kennedy, Minority StaffDirector Subcommittee on Transportation and Related Agencies FRANK R. LAUTENBERG, New Jersey, Chairman ROBERT C. BYRD, WestVirginia ALFONSE M. D'AMATO, New York TOM HARKIN, Iowa PETE V. DOMENICI. New Mexico JIM SASSER, Tennessee MARK O. HATFIELD, Oregon BARBARA A. MIKULSKI, Maryland ARLEN SPECTER, Pennsylvania Professional Staff PatrickJ. McCann Peter Rogoit Anne M. Miano (Minority) Administrative Support Joyce C. Rose (II).
CONTENTS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration Page Questions submittedbySenatorLautenberg 1674 Federal Railroad Administration Questions submittedbySenatorLautenberg 1824 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Questions submittedbySenatorLautenberg 2061 Office of Inspector General Questions submittedbySenatorLautenberg 2225 Research and Special Programs Administration Questions submittedby SenatorLautenberg 2265 Questions submittedby SenatorGorton 2297 St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation StatementofStanfordE. Parris,Administrator 2298 Questions submittedbySenatorLautenberg 2300 RELATED AGENCIES ARCHITECTURAL AND TRANSPORTATION BARRIERS COMPLIANCE BOARD Preparedstatement 2332 Questions submittedbySenatorLautenberg 2339 PANAMA CANAL COMMISSION StatementofMichael Rhode,Jr.AssistanttotheChairman and Secretary . 2383 StatementofGilberto Guardia,Administrator 2391 Questions submittedbySenatorLautenberg 2404 (III).
1674 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION QUESTIONS SUBMITTED BY SENATOR LAUTENBERG FAA'S PLAN TO CONSOLIDATE AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL FACILITIES SENATOR LAUTENBERG: FAA has looked at three basic alternatives for consolidation: (1) a "full consolidation" into 27 facilities, (2) a "moderate consolidation" of about 53 facilities, and (3) a "limited consolidation" with about 200 facilities, including 9 consolidated terminal approach control (TRACON) facilities. FAA has notified the Office of the Secretary of Transportation (OST) that it wants to proceed with the limited consolidation plan.
1675 ANSWER: The limited consolidation decision will not materially affect the design of either the AAS or VSCS other than a moderate down sizing. However it does cha,nge the quantity of systems necessary. The original plan required the purchase of 23 systems to be installed in the ACF's. Under the limited consolidation plan, the FAA will buy 22 en route systems for the 22 ARTCC's, plus between 5 and 9 systems for the newly established Metroplex Control Facilities.
1676 largest TRACONs beginning in the year 2000. This would have produced a operational life for ARTS HIE of approximately 5 years. As part of the limited consolidation decision the FAA has advanced the schedule for TAAS by 2 years to 1998 thereby replacing the ARTS HIE at the first delivery site 2 years earlier.