Federal transportation authorities have proposed new rules phasing out an older type of railroad tank car that has a tendency to burst open in a crash. The DOT-111 tank car has been a focus since a train wreck in Canada in which type 111 cars came apart and their contents exploded into a fireball that burned the downtown of a city in Quebec.
There's been a dramatic increase in oil shipment by rail since North Dakota's Bakken Fields were opened, including two dozen or more solid trains of tank cars per week that travel across New York on the CSX tracks through Rochester (Buffalo and Syracuse as well).
Information obtained by the AP and Gannett Albany Bureau by the Freedom of Information Act shows those trains mostly avoid downtown Rochester and take the "West Shore" line which circles around through Chili, Henrietta, Pittsford and Perinton.
Both New York Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have been pushing the Transportation Department to phase out the Type 111 cars. The senators say they're a risk we don't need to take.