Canada's Transportation Safety Board has given a positive grade to the federal government for its response to recommendations made following last July’s train derailment and explosion in Lac-Mégantic, Que.

The TSB made three recommendations in January:

  • Review the use of DOT-111 tanker cars.
  • Strategic route planning and safer operations for trains carrying dangerous goods in Canada.
  • Emergency response assistance plans along routes where large volumes of liquid hydrocarbons are being shipped.

The train that derailed and exploded in Lac-Mégantic, killing 47 people, was carrying 72 DOT-111 tanker cars of crude oil.

Since the recommendations were made by the TSB, both CN and CP announced they would be phasing out their older DOT-111 tanker cars.

TSB chairwoman Wendy Tadros said Transport Canada is “leading the way” by ordering the cars to be phased out or retrofitted within three years.