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Rail News: Safety
Operation Lifesaver, FRA announce rail-safety grant awards
Operation Lifesaver Inc. (OLI) and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) announced $205,525 in federal grants will be awarded to 16 state Operation Lifesaver programs to fund rail-safety education projects.
Funded by the FRA, the grants will go to Operation Lifesaver organizations in Alabama, California, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina and South Dakota.
Individual grant awards will range from $1,800 to $20,000, according to an OLI press release.
The funding will be used for a variety of rail-crossing safety and trespass prevention public education projects in conjunction with Rail Safety Week, which will be observed Sept. 23-29 in the United States and Canada.
"We must continue to target grade-crossing and trespasser deaths with an unrelenting commitment toward zero tolerance," said FRA Administrator Ronald Batory. "Educating the motoring and pedestrian public about how to be safe near railroad tracks is a never-ending task that will help reduce risk while enhancing safety."
The grants are an important part of OLI's ongoing rail safety efforts, said OLI Interim President Wende Corcoran.
A list of the projects awarded grants is available here.
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