Lac Megantic crash led to 'erosion of public trust': Transport safety board chair

Wendy Tadros. Chair of the Transportation Safety Board of Canada. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi

Wendy Tadros. Chair of the Transportation Safety Board of Canada. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi

Jessica Hume, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 6:50 PM ET

OTTAWA — The Lac Megantic tragedy has led to an "erosion of public trust" in rail safety, Transport Safety Board chairwoman Wendy Tadros told the federal transport committee Tuesday.

In January, the board issued a report of suggested improvements to rail safety.

The federal government has until April 23 to respond.

NDP MP Mike Sullivan says there is no need for the delay.

"They're waiting to respond because they can," he said.

Some of those recommendations include better route planning and better testing of safety mechanisms, as well as replacing outdated DOT 111 rail cars,

DOTT 111 cars are unable to withstand collisions or derailments, yet have been used increasingly to transport dangerous — often volatile — goods.

"We're living with what we knew 20 years ago was an unsafe railcar," Sullivan said. "It was used for 500 shipments a year until five years ago and now it's 140,000 in Canada alone."


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