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Roundtable Discussion : A Dialogue on What's Next in Rail Tank Car Safety
NTSB Conference Center
7/13/2016 9:00 AM
NTSB Board Member Robert Sumwalt to host a Rail Tank Car Safety Roundtable Discussion:

A Dialogue on What's Next in Rail Tank Car Safety

Among the provisions of the 2015 Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) are new requirements for improved railroad operating practices, more effective emergency responses, and safer and stronger tank cars. While tank car fleet owners must decide whether to replace or retrofit legacy DOT-111 and CPC-1232 tank cars over the next 13-years, we continue to investigate serious accidents with flammable liquids releases and fires.
NTSB Most Wanted List graphic for Implement PTCRail tank car safety is of vital interest to the NTSB, and is on our 2016 Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements. Because of our concern over tank car safety, we are hosting a roundtable to better understand issues facing implementation of the Fast Act requirements. We hope to gain deeper understanding of the logistics of replacing the existing tank car fleet to transport flammable materials, as well as how government and industry can overcome factors that could impede timely implementation of the new tank car rules. 
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8:00am – 8:30am: Meet and greet attendees

9:00am – 9:20am: Opening remarks by Member Robert Sumwalt

9:20am – 10:50am: Open roundtable panel discussion

  • Topic 1: DOT-111 and CPC-1232 retrofit/phase-out schedule monitoring and compliance. Progress report on the status of the fleet used to transport flammable liquids.
  • Topic 2: Tank car manufacturing and leasing outlook. How many DOT-117 tank cars are being produced and how energy market conditions are affecting new tank car orders and fleet replacements.

10:50am – 11:05am: Break

11:05am – 12:00pm: Open roundtable panel discussion

  • Topic 3: Tank car shop retrofit logistics and capacity today as compared to that which was contemplated by PHMSA final rule HM-251 and the FAST Act. What is the industry’s current capability to pursue an aggressive retrofit or replacement schedule given the implementation requirements of Section 7304 of the FAST Act.

12:00pm – 1:15pm: Lunch

1:15pm – 3:00pm: Open roundtable panel discussion

  • Topic 4: Factors influencing tank car owner decisions to purchase new DOT-117 tank cars, and retrofit or retire their existing fleets.
  • Topic 5: Path forward to implement the new tank car safety standards.

2:45pm – 3:00pm: Break

3:00pm – 4:00pm: Final Discussion (takeaways/future of tank car safety/challenges)

4:00pm – 4:10pm: Member Sumwalt Closing

4:15pm – 4:30pm: Photo with group


List of Participating Organizations:

Alltranstek LLC
American Petroleum Institute
American Railcar Leasing
Association of American Railroads (AAR)
The Brattle Group
Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET)
Cambridge Systematics
Dakota Plains Holdings, Inc.
Federal Railroad Administration
GBW Railcar Services
Greenbrier Companies, Inc.
Hess Corporation
Oregon Department of Transportation
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)
Railway Association of Canada
Railway Supply Institute
Renewable Fuels Association
SMART Transportation Division
Transportation Safety Board Canada (TSB)
Trinity Rail
Wells Fargo Rail

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