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Operation Lifesaver Inc., in partnership with the Federal Railroad Administration and the Posner Foundation of Pittsburgh, has awarded $245,525 to 14 states for rail safety public awareness campaigns.
The FRA is contributing $200,525 to projects in California, Indiana, Louisiana (partial funding), Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina and Texas. The Posner Foundation is contributing $45,000 to projects in Alabama, Louisiana (partial funding), Pennsylvania and Washington.
The Posner Foundation renewed its annual funding commitment to OLI in March.
The grants will fund a variety of crossing safety and trespass prevention public education projects to be conducted in conjunction with OLI's observance of Rail Safety Week Sept. 19-25, OLI officials said in a press release.
Funding was awarded through a competitive process, with selection based on criteria such as the defined safety need, the number of highway-rail collisions in the state and how the proposal leverages federal funds with private partnerships.
Earlier this month, OLI announced a partnership with the Federal Highway Administration to award $200,000 in grants to grade crossing safety campaigns in 11 states.