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2/24/2009



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Illinois commission, FRA hand out rail safety education and enforcement grants


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The Illinois Commerce Commission’s Railroad Safety Section and Federal Railroad Administration recently named 26 recipients of this year’s railroad safety education and enforcement grants.

Totaling more than $500,000, the 2009 Public Education and Enforcement Research Study (PEERS) grants will be used to implement custom-designed programs aimed at increasing compliance with traffic safety-related laws or reducing the number of grade crossing collisions.

Recipients include railroads, communities and non-profit organizations, such as the Bi-State Development Agency (Metro), villages of Arlington Heights, DeKalb, Elmhurst, Macomb, Summit and Western Springs, and Health World Children’s Museum and Illinois Operation Lifesaver. Grants range from $2,600 to $48,000.

Since the commission launched PEERS in 2003, the agency has awarded more than $2.9 million to 50 communities, railroads or railroad safety-related non-profit organizations in the state.


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