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Infrastructure Partner Kevin Sheys Quoted In Railway Age.

02/02/2018 Railway Age

Kevin Sheys - a Partner in Nossaman’s Infrastructure Practice Group in the Washington, DC office - was quoted in the Railway Age article “USDOT Slams The Brakes On ECP.”  The article looks at the United States Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) decision to repeal the FRA rule requiring DOT-117 tank cars to be equipped with electronically controlled pneumatic (ECP)  brakes.  The repeal ends an ongoing dialogue among USDOT, the Association  of American Railroads, tank car owners, shippers and other stakeholders  regarding whether ECP brakes in high hazard flammable train units made an impact in crash avoidance.  Mr. Sheys was asked by the author of the article if the repeal of the rule represented the last design hurdle for the DOT-117 rule.  Mr. Sheys commented that “the two tank car elements of greatest concern to railroads and other tank car owners were the enhanced top fitting protection and ECP brakes.  USDOT eliminated the top fitting protection in the final rule, and now with rescission of the ECP brake requirement, the last major issue regarding the cars themselves has been resolved favorably for the industry.”

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