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Metra has joined the national effort to raise public awareness of safe behavior near railroad tracks, as the United States and Canada observe Rail Safety Week in North America, Sept. 22-28.
Throughout the week, Metra and its rail and law enforcement partners will distribute rail safety information and conduct rail crossing enforcements at stations throughout the Chicago region.
Metra also will release a public service announcement addressing the consequences of distracted driving near railroad tracks. The agency will host other events throughout the week.
“Metra has a long history of being extremely active in railroad safety education efforts through its participation in Operation Lifesaver,” said Metra Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director Jim Derwinski in a press release. “It’s so important to reach out and educate people, especially our children, about how to be smart and stay safe around the railroad tracks and rail crossings found throughout our region.”
Metra also will work with the Illinois Chiefs of Police, CN, Union Pacific Railroad, the National Transportation Safety Board, SafeKids Worldwide and Operation Lifesaver to raise rail safety awareness.