Today’s railroads use a wide variety of technologies to enhance the safety, sustainability and efficiency of their system.

The industry’s ongoing investment in technology has helped create one of the safest and most efficient infrastructure systems in the world.

Railroads prioritize investment in safety technology, and these efforts have made a safe system even safer. Technologies such as ultrasound, radar and wayside detectors are used to ensure a consistently safe rail system. Because of this continual period of innovation and improvement, the train accident rate is down 44% since 2000.

Freight railroads also proactively monitor all aspects of its infrastructure — from rails to wheels — so they can perform preventive maintenance. Not only does this make rail safer, it also makes operations more efficient.

The industry’s investment in technology is only possible because of smart, data-driven regulations, which have resulted in the North American freight rail system being the envy of the world.