Preparedness & Response: Protecting the Freight Rail Network
America’s railroads are a critical component of our national infrastructure, moving the people, raw materials and finished goods that make modern life possible. That is why the nation’s freight rail industry works with safety experts, government organizations and security partners to ensure the network remains resilient.
Because the private 140,000-mile rail network is so huge (reaching from coast-to-coast) resiliency comes in many forms. This includes training first responders to prepare for the unlikely event of a rail incident to using the latest technology to monitor the entire network against physical, cyber and natural disaster threats.
In fact, the rail industry collaborates closely every day with industry and government partners to keep the network safe and secure. These include, but are not limited to, the Federal Railroad Administration, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).