MENANDS, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Senator Schumer is taking measures to speed up the process of getting dangerous rail cars off the tracks.
Last week the U.S. Department of Transportation announced new rules to phase out certain tank cars over the course of five to seven years.
Schumer says it’s a good start, but says his new legislation will fix some holes in that rule and phase out the cars faster.
In particular, Schumer will say that while the U.S. DOT rule allows oil train cars like the DOT-111’s to remain in service through 2023, Schumer’s bill would have them all phased-out within two years. In addition, this legislation will require the federal DOT to formulate the first-ever federal standard on volatility in order to reduce the instability of the flammable oil currently traveling across the state and nation.
Finally, Schumer will explain that his bill would also add speed restrictions for these trains traveling near major cities, like in Albany, and other Upstate communities.