Rail News

Understanding the Importance of Railroad Safety

As the summer season gets underway, Amtrak is raising awareness of railroad safety in an effort to reduce injuries and fatalities resulting from unsafe behaviour by motorists and pedestrians on crossings and tracks.

Railroad Accidents in the USA

Vehicle-train collisions at highway-rail grade crossings fell 2.4% in 2016, according to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). The number of people killed in these incidents rose 13.7% last year, and deaths due to train track trespassing increased 12.8%. Total trespass-related casualties increased 14.5% from 2015 levels, according to the FRA.

For the whole of the USA, the total number of fatalities involving level crossings was 233 in 2015, 265 in 2016 (Operation Lifesaver, FRA data).

Related Posts:  Amtrak Continues to Modernise New York’s Penn Station
Railroad Safety
OLI’s National Public Awareness Campaign

Railroad Safety

America’s Railroad is one of several partners with Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI), a national, nonprofit safety education group working to eliminate deaths and injuries at railroad crossings and along railroad rights-of-way.

OLI has programs in 46 states, and trained volunteers who provide free safety presentations to community groups, school bus operators, truckers and student drivers to raise awareness of the dangers around railroad tracks and trains. OLI uses materials from their national public awareness campaign, “See Tracks? Think Train!” to connect with the public through digital ads and at events.

Amtrak Police Department Deputy Chief Martin Conway serves on OLI’s board of directors. Conway said:

“The safety of customers, employees and the public is Amtrak’s top priority”

“Education and outreach are critical in helping the public understand the importance of railroad safety.”

Original article © Amtrak.

Related Posts:  Amtrak Completes Renewal Work at New York Penn Station

FOR ALL THE LATEST RAILWAY NEWS, INFORMATION, IMAGES, VIDEOS AND ARTICLES FROM AMERICA, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

News categories

31 Oct 2017
Amtrak Continues to Modernise New York’s Penn St ...
09 Oct 2017
Design Unveiled for Amtrak’s Next-Generation ...
20 Sep 2017
Operation Lifesaver, Inc. Previews U.S. Rail Safet ...
04 Sep 2017
Amtrak Completes Renewal Work at New York Penn Sta ...
29 Aug 2017
Amtrak Rolls Out New Locomotives for Illinois and ...
14 Aug 2017
AECOM-Network Rail Partnership to review New York ...
08 Aug 2017
Amtrak to Continue Providing Services to Massachus ...
24 Jul 2017
Union Pacific’s Outreach Efforts Boost Railr ...
Subscribe to Railway-News
Get the latest contract alerts and Railway News emailed directly to your inbox.

We respect your privacy and take protecting it seriously.