Posts Tagged ‘Federal Highway Administration’

Pa., Indiana OLS Chapters Receive Grants

May 15, 2021

Operation Lifesaver chapters in Indiana and Pennsylvania will receive $200,000 in Federal Highway Administration grants for grade crossing safety education projects.

The projects entail launching public awareness campaigns and hosting events to provide safety tips to target audiences.

Many of these events will be conducted during Rail Safety Week, set for Sept. 20-26.

The projects will use advertising on radio, cable television and digital platforms; social media; geofencing, and personal outreach.

Also receiving grants were OLS chapters in California, Arizona, Kansas, Minnesota, North Carolina, New York, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Washington state.

SEPTA Lands Grade Crossing Safety Grant

January 15, 2021

The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded $40 million in grants to five states, including Pennsylvania, to fund projects seeking to improve safety at grade crossings.

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority received $3,335,000 to install new gate systems at three crossings and pavement markings at 20 crossing locations in Bucks, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.

Other grants were awarded to public transit agencies in California, Massachusetts, New York, and Washington.

The funds came from the Commuter Authority Rail Safety Improvement Grants Program  and were awarded by the Federal Highway Administration in coordination with the Federal Railroad Administration.

To be eligible for a grant, a commuter authority must have experienced at least one accident investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board between Jan. 1, 2008, and Dec. 31, 2018, and for which the NTSB issued an accident report.

OLI Creates Program for First Responders

April 4, 2018

Operation Lifesaver has announced the launch of a program oriented toward raising safety awareness for first responders.

The program, known as Rail Safety for First Responders, includes an interactive learning program that OLI said “brings attention to the choices first responders often make around tracks and trains and is intended to help them safely traverse highway-rail intersections.”

In a news release, OLI said that although it can take extra caution to navigate a railroad crossing while heading to an emergency, ambulance drivers, law enforcement officers, firefighters, EMTs and dispatchers can mitigate the risk by knowing what to do.

The program was developed with the cooperation of first responders and the e-learning program addresses railroad topics, crossing challenges, safety searches and incident responses.

The Federal Railroad Administration and Federal Highway Administration provided funding for the development of the program.

DOT Seeking Environmental Review Changes

September 29, 2017

Regulatory changes being proposed by the U.S. Department of Transportation are being touted as designed to streamline the environmental review process for multimodal projects.

Speaking at the annual meeting of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao said the proposed changes will bring the Federal Railroad Administration’s  environmental review process into harmony with procedures used by the Federal Transit Administration and Federal Highway Administration.

A DOT news release said that the proposal, which has been sent to the Federal Register for publication, is being made so that multimodal projects are required to follow only one process rather than multiple agency processes.

Under the proposed rules, most concrete and steel bridges built after 1945 would be exempt from historic sites review.

In her AASHTO speech, Chao said that DOT is seeking to identify ways to eliminate unnecessary paperwork and bureaucracy that will save states time and money, and reduce burdensome compliance costs.

“Important new regulatory and policy changes are underway at the Department to help deliver infrastructure projects faster, and in a more cost effective manner,” she said.

Chao said DOT has issued an updated guidance policy for the application of categorical exclusions for multimodal projects. The new rules allow one USDOT agency to use the categorical exclusions of another USDOT agency for certain multimodal projects.

Ohio OLI to Share in Federal Grant Money

July 9, 2016

Ohio is among 11 states that will share in $175,000 in grant funding for Operation Lifesaver programs to promote public safety at highway-rail grade crossings.

Operation Lifesaver 4The Federal Highway Administration awarded the grants in support of OLI’s “See Tracks? Think Train!” campaign.

The grants will be used provide safety messages through the mediums of TV, radio, billboard, digital and magazines aimed at a target audience of students, agricultural sectors, outdoor enthusiasts, professional drivers and Spanish-speaking populations.

Also receiving grants are OLI programs in California, Georgia, Idaho, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, Tennessee and Utah.