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


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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