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Metrolink has been awarded a $59,000 grant from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to address suicides along the California commuter railroad's tracks.
The grant will be used for outreach and training with railroad staff, first responders and community members, according to a Metrolink press release.
Forty percent of Metrolink pedestrian train strikes between 2017 and 2019 were caused by people wanting to end their lives. The grant will fund an outreach campaign to deter suicides through training, public engagement and awareness at four identified hot spots: between Anaheim and Santa Ana, from San Juan Capistrano through San Clemente, between Van Nuys and Burbank, and in the San Fernando/Sylmar area.
Metrolink displays a toll-free national suicide prevention lifeline on posters and electronic signs at rail stations.
The grant is part of a 12-month suicide prevention project funded by the FRA’s Railroad Trespassing Suicide Prevention Grant Program.