Electronically Controlled Pneumatic Braking - Regulatory Impact Analysis

  • 06
  • Dec
  • 2017
SUBJECT: Braking Systems
KEYWORDS: Electronically Controlled Pneumatic Brakes, ECP, ECP Brakes
ABSTRACT: In response to the mandate of § 7311(c) of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) updated the regulatory impact analysis (RIA) issued with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s May 8, 2015, final rule titled “Enhanced Tank Car Standards and Operational Controls for High-Hazard Flammable Trains” (Final Rule). See 80 Fed. Reg. 26643 (HM-251). The FAST Act required the Department of Transportation (DOT) to enter into an agreement with the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to test Electronically Controlled Pneumatic (ECP) brakes and reevaluate the economic analysis supporting the ECP brake requirements of the Final Rule. The FAST Act also included a provision for the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) to review the potential costs and benefits of ECP brakes. GAO has completed two audits of the ECP brakes economic analysis, both of which are discussed in this final 2017 RIA.