FRA to Hold Regional Safety Workshops

Six regional workshops will be held by the Federal Railroad Administration as part of the agency’s program to find ways to reduce what it termed an alarming increase in the number of fatalities along railroad rights-of-way.

The workshops will be held in the San Francisco Bay region, Southern California, Los Angeles, Chicago, South Florida and Houston.

The FRA said these areas are in the 10 counties with the most incidents.

Dates and exact locations for the workshops have yet to be announced.

FRA officials said trespasser fatalities increased nearly 40 percent in the first half of 2019 compared with the same period a year earlier.

The FRA is also conducting a Grade Crossing Technology Symposium in Washington on Nov. 19 to highlight new technologies for grade crossing warning systems.

Other efforts underway that seek to reduce railroad right of way fatalities involve suicide prevention efforts and campaigns to discourage “selfie” photography along the tracks.

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