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Tuesday, February 26, 2013    

Operation Lifesaver, FTA announce transit-rail safety education grants


Operation Lifesaver Inc. (OLI) in partnership with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced grant funds are available for transit agencies and other governmental organizations to develop transit-rail safety awareness initiatives.

Grant amounts range from $20,000 to $25,000 and require a 25 percent match, either as in-kind services or nonfederal cash, OLI and FTA officials said in a joint statement.

To qualify for the grants, projects must be focused on safety education or public awareness initiatives in communities with commuter-rail, light-rail or streetcar programs. OLI-approved materials and logos must be used, and all grants must be coordinated through state Operation Lifesaver programs.

The deadline for grant proposals is June 30.

"Passenger rail and transit are experiencing ridership growth," said OLI President and Chief Operating Officer Joyce Rose. "These FTA-funded grant projects help our state programs work with local transit agencies and government organizations to make a difference in rail safety in their communities."

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