America’s freight railroads have worked diligently to improve the safety of their operations, with great success. Recent years have been among the safest in the industry’s nearly 200-year history, a testament to railroads’ tireless commitment to addressing the major causes of accidents — track, equipment and human error.
Continued safety improvement in the years ahead, however, will become harder to achieve and require new and different solutions.
Technology is one of those solutions. Widespread deployment of new technologies like Positive Train Control (PTC), designed to address human error, will open the door to an exciting new era of safety and efficiency improvement for U.S. freight railroads.