GAO Report says DOT Needs more Data for Mandate

A new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office is urging the Department of Transportation to reconsider its mandate.

According to a report to the Congressional Committees submitted by the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO), the DOT’s rule making on electronically controlled pneumatic brakes could use more data and transparency before moving forward.


The GAO found that

“DOT based estimates of the business benefits of electronically controlled pneumatic (ECP) brakes on limited data, in part, because railroads that have used ECP brakes to date have shared limited data on their use. ECP brakes provide an electronic brake signal instantaneously throughout the train, allowing train cars to brake faster than with conventional air brakes.” [GAO Report]

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