Los Angeles, California: Metrolink announces grant for safety education

21 Nov

LXinfoImage1016-metrolink mapThe California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) has awarded a USD61,325 grant to Metrolink for a year-long “Public Safety Awareness on Railroads” campaign. Metrolink, in collaboration with California Operation Lifesaver (CAOL) and with the support of OTS, is dedicated to reducing the number of persons killed and injured in level crossing collisions.

“It is absolutely tragic to witness and experience the largely avoidable incidents along the tracks caused primarily by distracted pedestrians and drivers,” said Metrolink CEO Michael P. DePallo. “With the support of the California Office of Traffic Safety, Metrolink and its partners will continue striving to make people more aware of the dangers of unsafe behaviours on or near the tracks.”

Metrolink will use the funding as part of an on-going commitment to keep our roadways and rail crossings safe through safety education, information, and enforcement.

The state of California has nearly 10,000 at-grade railroad crossings across more than 10,000 miles of railroad track, intersecting with nearly 324,000 miles of public highways and roads. Unfortunately, California has the distinction of leading the nation in the number of deaths at these level crossings and along railroad rights-of-way.

The grant will fund various activities, including:

· Increasing the number of CAOL authorized volunteer presenters throughout the state;

· Conducting a public safety conference in Southern California with stakeholders regarding safety at crossings; and

· Working with communities and community leaders concerning issues which address safety at level crossings and on the railway’s rights of way.

Funding for this programme is from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Metrolink is Southern California’s regional commuter rail service in its 21st year of operation. The Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA), a joint powers authority made up of an 11-member board representing the transportation commissions of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties, governs the service. Metrolink operates over seven routes through a six-county, 512 route-mile network. Metrolink is the third largest commuter rail agency in the United States based on directional route miles and the eighth largest based on annual ridership.

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