CSX has implemented a 40-mph speed limit on trains carrying 20 or more loaded shipments of crude oil, ethanol and other flammable commodities in federally designated High Threat Urban Areas. The speed limit reduction is consistent with the recent emergency order from the U.S. Department of Transportation, and is in addition to other major steps CSX has taken in the last two years to make the safe transportation of these, and other essential products, even safer. The lower speed limits took effect on April 24.
In most respects, CSX’s practices already conform to U.S. DOT Safety Advisory 2015-01. That advisory was also issued recently and covers rail car mechanical standards and rail car inspections. Adjustments are being made for full compliance as soon as possible. Additionally, we are seeking clarification on Safety Advisory 2015-02 regarding commodity data that is not currently provided by shippers. We pledge to continue to work cooperatively with the U.S. DOT, customers, tank car manufacturers, and others to identify and implement the best, safest solutions for rail freight transportation.