May 01, 2015
By Michael Kramer
Canada and the United States have announced new rail-safety standards as both countries try to avoid disasters like the one that devastated Lac-Megantic, Que., in 2013.
The new requirements are wide-ranging and include: a different braking system for new trains, a 50-mile-an-hour speed limit for certain carriers – and retrofits for old DOT-111 and CPC-1232 tank cars.
The new standards will apply to new trains.
They also set a series of deadlines over the next 10 years – for retrofitting older trains.
Canadian Transport Minister Lisa Raitt and U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx outlined the changes at a Washington news conference.
They say the changes were created as a result of collaboration on both sides of the border – with the goal of strengthening the safety of the two countries’ inter-connected rail networks.
The first retrofit deadline comes-up in May 2017, for non-jacketed DOT-111 cars delivering oil.
The last deadline applies to jacketed CPC-1232s- in the year 2025.