U.S. Railroad Industry's Outstanding Track Record

The U.S. Railroad Industry has an outstanding track record for safely delivering hazardous materials.

  • 99.9977% of all rail hazmat shipments reach their destination without a release caused by a train accident.
  • In 2012, railroads set new overall safety records, continuing a string of safety achievements reaching back decades.
  • Rail hazmat train accident rates have declined by 91% since 1980.

Railroads are continuously improving safety when it comes to transporting crude oil and other hazardous materials.

  • Every day, across the country railroads are inspecting tracks, locomotives and cars carrying crude oil and other hazardous liquids.
  • Railroads have in place an extensive training and preparedness program involving specialized safety training for rail personnel, as well as local first responders.