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Sen. Schumer pushes DOT to phase out old tank cars


ALBANY, N.Y. -- As Canadians cope with one of the countries deadliest train accidents, Senator Charles Schumer is taking measures to ensure a tragedy like that doesn't happen in New York.

On Monday he pushed the DOT to phase out DOT-111 tank cars similar to those involved in that crash, saying they are proven to be flawed and out-of-date. 

According to a report by the National Transportation Safety Board, the DOT-111 tank cars that often carry crude oil and other hazardous materials are out of date, and have structural failures.

Schumer said that these types of cars account for around 70 out of the 100 cars that pass through the Port of Albany daily. He is calling for the Federal Department of Transportation to enforce new regulations when it comes to the DOT-111 tank cars.

The plan calls for the tank cars to be modified or no longer used. Schumer says that shipments of crude oil and other dangerous materials are increasing drastically and safety measures need to change.

"Increased traffic of rail cars carrying crude oil through New York warrants increased safety measures and that begins with putting the safest tank cars on the tracks. To do it we have to modernize the existing cars if they're not going to be modernized gradually phased out," said Schumer.

The senator has not given a timeline for this plan. It would have to be implemented by Federal Railroad Administration.


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