Byrne Named Vice Chairman of Railway Supply Institute's Committee on Tank Cars

For Immediate Release
Contact: Nicole Brewin, 202-347-4664

John ByrneWashington, DC, June 27, 2016 – The Railway Supply Institute Committee on Tank Cars (RSICTC) announced that John Byrne, an expert on railcar design and regulatory compliance, has been named to the position of Vice Chairman as of May 23, succeeding William Finn, who retired earlier this year.

Railway Supply Institute President Tom Simpson said, “John has a deep understanding of the complexities of tank car design as well as the history of hazardous materials regulation, and is known and respected by those in government and industry as an expert at facilitating consensus from divergent technical opinions. He is a superb choice to lead the important work of the RSICTC.”

Byrne is a veteran of the rail industry, having started his career in Chicago with North American Car Company, the former railcar leasing firm. He recently retired from GE Capital after nearly 38 years, most recently as manager, regulatory compliance and quality. In previous positions with GE, he managed repair facilities, quality management systems, audit programs and fleet product safety.

Byrne guided GE Capital’s regulatory compliance program for many years, and has represented GE Capital on the Association of American Railroads Tank Car Committee and its various task forces. His experience includes participation in the RSICTC process, serving on Transport Canada’s Tank Car Standard Committee and participating on committees of the Chlorine Institute.

“I am pleased to have the opportunity to apply my skills in developing solutions to rail industry challenges concerning railcar design,” Byrne said. “I look forward to working to continue RSICTC’s efforts in improving tank car and hazardous materials safety.”

About the RSICTC

The Railway Supply Institute Committee on Tank Cars (RSICTC) is focused on increasing safety of rail tank cars and regularly reviews tank car requirements through its membership on the Association of American Railroads Tank Car Committee. RSICTC remains at the forefront of the latest research to improve tank car safety and represents tank car manufacturers in federal, legislative and regulatory matters. The membership of the RSICTC includes major manufacturers and lessors of rail tank cars who build more than 95 percent and own or lease over 70 percent of tank cars operating in North America.

The RSICTC has a public resource center with a searchable database of information including press releases, news articles, correspondence and supporting materials pertaining to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s tank car safety regulatory process.

About The Railway Supply Institute (RSI)

The Railway Supply Institute (RSI) is the international trade association for the rail supply industry, representing the nation’s leading companies involved in the manufacture of products and services in the freight car, tank car, locomotive, maintenance-of-way, communications and signaling, and passenger rail industries. America’s railway suppliers represent a $23 billion/year industry supporting 90,000 American workers. For more information visit RSI’s website,, or call 202-347-4664.