USDOT to Repeal Mandate on ECP Brakes

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has announced that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) will rescind the Electronically Controlled Pneumatic (ECP) brakes mandate on certain trains. 

The decision was made after reviewing congressionally mandated input from the National Academy of Sciences’ Transportation Research Board, U.S. General Accountability Office and studies by the FRA. The studies found that the cost-benefit analyses are not sufficient justification for mandating ECP brakes. 

In addition, the updated RIA incorporated recommendations from audits and updated costs and benefits of the ECP brake provision demonstrated that the costs would exceed three-fold the benefits it would produce.