Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI) has awarded $175,000 in grants to 10 rail transit agencies to fund rail transit safety public awareness and implement safety education projects and campaigns.
The funding was awarded to the following transit agencies:
- CATS in Charlotte, N.C.;
- Hampton Roads Transit in Hampton, Va.;
- Metro Transit in Minneapolis;
- METRO in Houston;
- MTA Metro-North Railroad in New York;
- Caltrain in San Carlos, Calif.;
- SEPTA in Philadelphia;
- Metrolink in Los Angeles;
- SunRail in Sanford, Fla.; and
- Trinity Metro in Fort Worth, Texas.
“These transit agencies will put their grant funding towards campaigns focusing on keeping the public safe when driving or walking near commuter trains, light rail or streetcars,” said Rachel Maleh, OLI executive director. “We appreciate the American Public Transportation Association for its work with increasing visibility and awareness of the rail transit safety grant program. Operation Lifesaver is also very grateful to its safety partners at the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for providing the funding.”
The grant amounts range between $7,500 and $20,000, with each agency providing a 25 percent match. The funds will be used to create several public awareness and education campaigns focused on the importance of safe behavior around rail transit systems. Educational materials include portable billboards, platform ads, radio ads, and social media outreach.
The educational campaigns will use OLI-approved materials and logos and be coordinated through state OL programs. Maleh noted that Safety campaigns will launch by the fall.
“FTA is proud to partner with Operation Lifesaver to support innovative rail transit safety awareness efforts in communities across the U.S.,” remarked FTA Acting Administrator K. Jane Williams. “Through these grants and outreach efforts like USDOT’s ‘Stop, Trains Can’t’ Campaign, we are making a difference and saving lives.”