U.S. freight and passenger railroads performed well in terms of safety initiatives in 2012, marking the year as the safest in the industry's history, said Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph Szabo. The railroads' partnership with FRA on projects such as the "Risk Reduction" and "System Safety" programs aim to further improve rail safety. "Our goal -- always -- is to lead the way to continuous improvements in railroad safety," said Szabo.

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