USA: Grants for transit safety projects announced

10 Jun

Operation Lifesaver USA has announced that the application period is now open for a total of USD150,000 in grant funds for transit agencies and other local governmental entities for rail transit safety education and public awareness initiatives.

“With the recent unprecedented growth in the number of new rail transit systems and transit ridership, safety is of paramount importance,” said Joyce Rose, President and CEO of Operation Lifesaver. “Operation Lifesaver’s public information, education and outreach model is a proven, effective way to improve safety around transit systems.”

Rose noted that grant amounts are capped at USD25,000 and require a 25% match. Projects must be focused on safety education or public awareness initiatives in communities with rail transit systems (commuter rail, light rail, subway and streetcar). Operation Lifesaver-approved materials and logos must be used, and all grants must be coordinated through state Operation Lifesaver programmes. State Coordinators for every US state can be contacted at:

All applications must be submitted via Operation Lifesaver’s Common Grant Application online grant processing program by July 11th, 2014. For those not familiar with using the online grant application system, a series of training webinars have been scheduled and potential applicants are encouraged to register and participate in one of these webinars.

LXinfoImage782-OLrailsafetyeducationlogoExamples of 2013 funded grant projects include: the Washington, DC Department of Transportation streetcar safety campaign, which created safety education materials for children from grades K to 12 in schools along the city’s new streetcar line; the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s new “Eyes up, phone down” safety education campaign to increase safety awareness among the high-risk millennial age group via social media channels including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube; and Caltrain’s “Don’t Shortcut Life” campaign, which features high school student-created safety videos and collateral materials including a law enforcement citation pocket guide and rail safety brochure.

“Operation Lifesaver is grateful to the Federal Transit Administration for the agency’s on-going support that helps make these grants, as well as other Operation Lifesaver popular campaigns such as our recently launched See Tracks? Think Train! campaign possible,” Rose concluded.

All relevant information about the 2014 grants, including the link to the online application, is now available at For additional information or questions, please contact Cathy Gillen, OLI National Transit Safety Education Consultant, phone (443) 463-4449 or email

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