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Operation Lifesaver groups win rail-safety grants


Operation Lifesaver Inc. (OLI) yesterday announced the award of $230,925 in rail-safety awareness grants to Operation Lifesaver programs in 12 states.

The awards were announced in partnership with the Federal Railroad Administration and the Posner Foundation of Pittsburgh. The FRA provided $200,000 of the total funding, OLI officials said in a press release.

The FRA-funded grants will be awarded to Operation Lifesaver organizations in California, Indiana, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and South Dakota. Posner Foundation funding will support an OLI grant project in Minnesota.

The grants will fund crossing safety and trespass prevention public education programs, which will be conducted in connection with the nonprofit safety group's observance of Rail Safety Week Sept. 18-24.

Grants were awarded through a competitive process. Selection criteria included the defined safety need; number of highway-rail collisions and trespass incidents in the state; and how the proposal leverages federal funds with private partnerships.

"The FRA's work with Operation Lifesaver on these grant projects underscores our mission to enable the safe, reliable and efficient movement of people and goods for a strong America, now and in the future," said James Payne, staff director of the FRA Grade Crossing and Trespasser Outreach Division.