Railroads work with their employees, suppliers and customers, and federal, state and local officials to safeguard the rail network.

Railroads’ holistic approach to rail safety focuses on four key areas: infrastructure and equipment investment; training and operational improvement; technology deployment; and community outreach and preparedness. The high standard that railroads apply to every aspect of operations underpins this approach. In fact, railroads often exceed federal inspection regulations while also advocating for tougher safety standards.

Railroads recognize their safety mission doesn’t end until they achieve the ultimate goal: an accident-free future. As railroads strive to continue improving across all safety categories — including accidents related to human error and highway-rail grade crossings — technology will play an increasingly critical role.

Of equal importance is a forward-thinking regulatory framework that encourages the development and widespread deployment of game-changing technologies. A performance-based regulatory model, designed to provide greater flexibility and drive ingenuity to accomplish a shared safety goal, will facilitate greater technological advancement and drive progress towards the industry’s goal of zero accidents.