USA Banner

Official US Government Icon

Official websites use .gov
A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.

Secure Site Icon

Secure .gov websites use HTTPS
A lock ( ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

U.S. Department of Transportation U.S. Department of Transportation Icon United States Department of Transportation United States Department of Transportation

Short Line Safety Institute: Testing the Fidelity of Its Robust Model

Document Series
Research Results
Federal Railroad Administration
Report Number
RR 23-18
Subject Human Factors
freight railroads, regional railroads, short line railroads, safety culture assessment, safety culture measurement, state of rail industry
SLSI Fidelity RR.pdf (324.66 KB)

The Short Line Safety Institute (SLSI) is dedicated to the continuous improvement of safety and safety culture across all short line and regional railroads in the United States. Strengthening a railroad’s safety culture may result in less frequent or severe accidents and create a safer working environment. SLSI defines safety culture as the shared values, actions, and behaviors that demonstrate a commitment to safety over competing goals and demands, based on the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Safety Council’s safety culture definition (Morrow & Coplen, 2017). SLSI conducted a study to assess the fidelity of its Safety Culture Assessment (SCA) model. This report summarizes findings from this study and discusses areas for enhancement of the assessment process.

DOT is committed to ensuring that information is available in appropriate alternative formats to meet the requirements of persons who have a disability. If you require an alternative version of files provided on this page, please contact
Last updated: Friday, September 15, 2023