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DOT/FRA RIN: 2130-AC82 Publication ID: Spring 2020 
Title: +Amendments to Brake System Safety Standards Governing Operations Using Electronic Air Brake Slip System 
Abstract:

This rulemaking would propose to amend FRA's brake system safety standards to govern operations using the eABS system 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. The rulemaking would propose 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. The rulemaking would also propose to allow railroads to add multiple cars to a train or remove multiple cars from a train without conducting additional brake tests as currently 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: Previously 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
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  07/00/2020 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL: www.regulations.gov   Public Comment URL: www.regulations.gov  
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
Email: amanda.maizel@dot.gov