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Industry Response to Safety Advisory 2013-06 

Background

On July 6, 2013, a catastrophic accident involving a freight train with loaded tank cars of petroleum crude oil occurred in the town of Lac-Mégantic Quebec, on the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway (MMA).  To prevent a similar accident from occurring in the United States, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) issued an Emergency Order outlining measures railroads were required to undertake within 30 days, as well as a Safety Advisory recommending railroads take additional action to eliminate risk throughout the rail network.  These actions, along with others identified in our Safety Action Plan, detail how we and our sister agency, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), are working to ensure the shipment of hazardous materials by rail is safe, reliable, and efficient

Letter to Industry

On October 1, Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph C. Szabo sent a letter to members of the railroad industry asking they detail actions they’ve taken in response to our Safety Advisory.  Below, you can read the letters we sent as well as the responses, and on the right side of the page you can also view videos from an Emergency Railroad Safety Advisory Committee meeting where these issues were discussed.  We will post industry responses on this page as we receive them.

Letter to Association of American Railroads

Association of American Railroads

Reply to FRA Letter (October 16, 2013)

FRA Response  (November 19, 2013)

AAR Reply (December 13, 2013)

 

Letter to American Public Transportation Association

American Public Transportation Association

Reply to FRA Letter (October 21, 2013)

FRA Response  (November 19, 2013)  

APTA Reply (December 6, 2013)

Letter to American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association

American Short Line & Regional Railroad Association

Reply to FRA Letter (October 17, 2013)

FRA Response  (November 19, 2013)

ASLRRA Reply (December 6, 2013)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See Safety Action Plan

FRA Update: January 2014

FRA Update: November 2013

FRA Administrator Addresses RSAC Emergency Session

Transport Canada Presentation on Lac-Megantic Train Accident

PHMSA Administrator Addresses RSAC Emergency Meeting

FRA Administrator's Speech at Follow-Up RSAC Meeting

 

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