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DOT/FRA RIN: 2130-AC82 Publication ID: Fall 2019 
Title:+Amendments to Brake System Safety Standards Governing Operations Using Electronic Air Brake Slip System  

This rulemaking would proposes to amend FRA’s brake system safety standards to govern operations using the Electronic Air Brake Slip System (eABS) developed by AAR member railroads. This rulemaking would provide an alternative regulatory framework for railroads to utilize when choosing to use the eABS system, but the rulemaking would not require railroads to change their operations to use the system.

This rulemaking proposes to extend the distance individual rail cars may be moved without stopping for brake and mechanical inspections and tests if the cars have a valid eABS system record. This rulemaking also proposes to allow railroads to add multiple cars to a train or remove multiple cars from a train without conducting additional brake tests, as required if the train is solely made up of cars with eABS records. Currently, FRA regulations restrict the location and manner in which cars may be added or removed to a train without triggering the requirement for additional brake tests.


Agency: Department of Transportation(DOT)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Deregulatory 
CFR Citation: 49 CFR 215    49 CFR 232   
Legal Authority: 49 U.S.C. 20102 and 20103    49 U.S.C. 20107    28 U.S.C. 2461, note    49 U.S.C. 21301    49 U.S.C. 20702    49 U.S.C. 20141    49 U.S.C. 20301 to 20303    49 U.S.C. 21304   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  03/00/2020 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: None 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Amanda Maizel
Attorney Adviser
Department of Transportation
Federal Railroad Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE,
Washington, DC 20590
Phone:202 493-8014