Rail safety improvements on track

The Feds have promised that the dangerous rail cars that caused the Lac Mégantic disaster—and which run through Weston—will be phased out or fixed up.

DOT-111 railcars carry petroleum and other dangerous goods, and are an old technology. They are easily punctured and allow dangerous pressure to build up. The United States is also drafting regulations to reduce their use.

The Transportation Safety Board made recommendations after the Lac Mégantic disaster, and, according to the Globe, the new requirements are based on them.

Trains carrying dangerous goods won’t be rerouted around cities, according to CBC Radio. They will have a speed limit of 80 km/h—although the train in Lac Mégantic was going much slower than that: around 20 km.h.

Mike Sullivan is hosting a meeting on rail safety tonight at 7 at the York Civic Centre. Officials from Transport Canada will be on hand.

DOT-111 car
DOT-111 car

Author: Adam Norman

I am raising my two children in Weston.