Working together with their employees, suppliers and customers — as well as federal, state and local officials — 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.

Underpinning this approach is the high standard that railroads apply to every aspect of operations, often exceeding federal inspection regulations from the and 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 for continued improvement 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.