Raitt pushes rail safety in Washington

Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, speaks during the Canada Olympic men's hockey roster...

Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, speaks during the Canada Olympic men's hockey roster announcement in Toronto, Ont. on Tuesday January 7, 2014. (Ernest Doroszuk/QMI Agency)

Jessica Murphy, Senior Washington Correspondent

, Last Updated: 5:18 PM ET

WASHINGTON - Transport Minister Lisa Raitt says high-risk rail cars - like those involved in the deadly derailment in Lac-Megantic, Que., - are on their way out.

But it won't be happening soon.

Pressure to phase out DOT 111 rail cars increased in the wake of the derailment last July, which killed 47 people.

"Our focus right now is working with the U.S. and industry about how long it's going to take - I don't have a time frame now," Raitt said.

"I can say that the number of 10 years has been put to me as an appropriate number and we don't accept that as an appropriate number for the older models."

Raitt was in the U.S. capital Tuesday to talk rail safety with lawmakers, including U.S. Transport Secretary Anthony Foxx.

DOT 111s are used across North America to ship crude oil and other flammable material - but are prone to tank failure in accidents.

According to the American Railroad Association, of the 228,000 DOT 111s in circulation, 92,000 a


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