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FAST Act Signed into Law

The FAST Act included all major recommendations that had been advocated for by the RSICTC and clarified the U.S. DOT HM-251 regulations to reduce the risk of transport of flammable liquids by tank car. The law set deadlines for the aggressive and appropriate transition from the DOT-111 to the DOT-117..Read More

RSICTC Press Release Final Rule – Crude by Rail Regulation

The U.S. Department of Transportation released a long-awaited final regulation to reduce the risk of transportation of flammable liquids, including crude oil and ethanol, by rail. RSICTC released a statement in response. [View DOT Regulation]


The U.S. Department of Transportation released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to improve the safe transportation of flammable liquids, including crude oil and ethanol, by rail. RSICTC released a statement on Committee on Tank Car’s commitment to safety and review of the NPRM. [View Document]


RSICTC meets with the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regarding the impact of new tank car standards, tank car production and modification capacity considerations, and RSICTC’s recommendation proposal to PHMSA. [View Outline]

RSI Meets with Transport Canada

RSI meets with Canadian Minister of Transport Lisa Raitt to present its recommendations on changes to tank car standards and to encourage harmony between future U.S. and Canadian regulations. [View Follow-Up Letter]

PHMSA Testifies on Need for Prevention

PHMSA Administrator Cynthia Quarterman states at a Senate hearing on rail safety that a comprehensive approach is required and that regulators “need to first concentrate on prevention” of train derailments. [View Hearing]

RSI Meets with DOT

RSI meets with U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Anthony Foxx, PHMSA Administrator Cynthia Quarterman and Federal Railroad Association (FRA) Administrator Joseph Szabo to present a comprehensive set of recommended standards for new tank cars and recommended modifications for existing tank cars. RSI met with federal regulators again in March…Read More

Comments on ANPRM for HM-251

The Railway Supply Institute (RSI) submits comments to PHMSA on ANPRM for HM-251, laying out its recommendations for improving the regulations applicable to transportation of hazardous materials by rail, including recommendations regarding new and existing tank car standards. [View Document]

ANPRM for HM-251

PHMSA publishes an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) for docket HM-251, regarding regulatory revisions to improve the transportation of hazardous materials by rail. [View Document]

Voluntary Action

While the PHMSA petition is pending, the railway supply industry voluntarily implements the “CPC-1232” standard for newly ordered tank cars for crude and ethanol in packing groups I and II, which incorporates changes developed by the tank car task force. [View CPC-1232 Standard]