AskRailĀ® App

Firefighter views the AskRail app on mobile phone

The free AskRail® mobile app is a safety tool that provides first responders immediate access to accurate, timely data about what type of hazardous materials a railcar is carrying so they can make an informed decision about how to respond to a rail emergency.

AskRail® is a backup resource if information from the train conductor or train consist is not available. AskRail® was designed to give first responders immediate information about railcars carrying hazardous materials and be an invaluable tool for helping prepare those on the front line should a rail incident occur. Couple this with emergency training and response planning, AskRail® augments the flow of information and specifics between freight railroads and the emergency first responders in communities along the nation’s 140,000-mile freight rail network.

For security reasons, only qualified emergency responders who have been vetted by their local railroad can download the app. To see if you qualify for this free technology tool go to

Source: Developed by the seven North American Class 1 railroads, the Association of American Railroads (AAR), and AAR subsidiaries Railinc Corp. and the Transportation Technology Center, Inc.

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