Posts Tagged ‘Operation Lifesaver’

Amtrak Creates OLS Tribute Locomotive

January 13, 2022

In conjunction with Operation Lifesaver, Amtrak has repainted P42DC No. 203 with a special livery to honor the 50th anniversary of OLS.

The locomotive features a black and yellow scheme that replicates a railroad crossing warning sign and bears the OLS slogan, “See Tracks? Think Train.”

The tribute unit was shown off this week during a ceremony in Washington. It was repainted by the Amtrak Beech Grove shops near Indianapolis.

No. 203 returned to revenue service following the ceremony at Washington Union Station.

OLS was founded in 1972 as a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting railroad safety and conducts national campaigns seeking to reduce railroad-related collisions, deaths, and injuries.

It has programs in 46 states and uses trained volunteers to provide safety presentations to law enforcement, first responders, school-aged children, school bus operators, truck drivers and student drivers among others.

No. 203 was assembled by General Electric in October 2001 and is expected to pull trains throughout Amtrak’s national network.

OLI Chapters Awarded Grant Funds

May 27, 2021

Operation Lifesaver in partnership with the Federal Railroad Administration and the Posner Foundation of Pittsburgh has awarded grants to chapters in Indiana, Pennsylvania and Ohio for grade crossing safety and trespassing prevention projects.

The grants in partnership with the FRA totaled $200,317 and were made to Operation Lifesaver programs in 12 states while the Posner Foundation grants totaled $245,317 in combined grant funds.

The FRA-funded grants will be awarded to OLI chapters in Alabama, California, Georgia, Indiana, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota and Tennessee.

Most of the Posner Foundation grant money is being awarded in Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and New Jersey.

All of the grants were awarded through a competitive process.

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.

Posner Foundation Donates to Operation Lifesaver

February 25, 2021

The Posner Foundation of Pittsburgh said this week it will give Operation Lifesafer a $125,000 grant for 2021.

In a news release, OLI said that grant would be used to help fund expanded rail safety education campaigns throughout the United States.

This will include funding for a competitive grant program that helps to underwrite public education activities.

OLI is also working to provide funding for state programs to provide educational materials and for the rollout of OLI’s new Railroad Investigation and Safety Course.

OLI Reached 2.5M in 2019

December 17, 2020

Operation Lifesaver said this week that during 2019 it reached 2.5 million people through training classes, presentations and events.

OLI said this was a 56 percent increase from the 1.6 million reached in 2018.

In 2019, OLI said it conducted more than 21,000 presentations, training classes and events, an increase of 5 percent over 2018.

The group’s 2019 annual report said it had revenue of $2.2 million, including $1.3 million from government grants and awards, $125,00 from foundation grants and $745,700 from contributions. OLI reported expenses of $2 million.

OLI Offering Investigations Course

December 15, 2020

Operation Lifesaver is offering railroad investigation and safety courses to first responders.

The course, which is offered at no cost to those taking it, was developed by railroad police and OLI officials to introduce first responders to the process of investigating a rail incident from start to finish.

The course also offers instruction in on-scene safety information when investigating a railroad incident.

OLI has 75 RISC instructors available to teach the course across, which can be offered in person and virtually.

OLI Releases Materials Aimed at Children

October 7, 2020

Operation Lifesaver has released educational materials aimed at children ages 5 to 13.

The materials seek to teach children the importance of making safe choices around trains and tracks, OLI said in a news release.

The resources are free and designed to be viewed virtually from home, school, on laptops, tables, desktops and mobile devices.

OLI said the materials are designed to engage children with narrative stories, active play and characters that children can identify with.

The programs are available on the OL For Kids section of OLI’s website.

OLI Launches Rail Safety Week

September 22, 2020

Operation Lifesaver launched its annual Rail Safety Week on Monday with a series of events and activities designed to highlight safe behavior on and near railroad property.

The event will include events in Canada and Mexico.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most of the events in the United States will be virtual and use social media.

Numerous communities have issued rail safety week proclamations and law enforcement and first responder representatives will speak about safety and anti-trespass laws.

On Friday (Sept. 25) participants will wear red for “Red Out for Rail Safety” to show support for safety near tracks and trains.

Other planned events will feature safe practices at grade crossings and at commuter rail and transit stations.

The week will wrap up on Sunday (Sept. 27) with an emphasis on discouraging professional and amateur photographers from illegally taking photos, videos or film on railroad tracks.

Mexico Joins Rail Safety Week 2020

April 29, 2020

Rail Safety Week will observed this year in the United States, Canada and Mexico between Sept. 21-27.

It will be the first time that the Asociación Mexicana de Ferrocarriles (Mexican Association of Railroads—AMF) will join its U.S. and Canadian counterparts.

The week is designed to support the public awareness initiative to encourage drivers and pedestrians to practice safe behavior near railroad tracks.

OLI Executive Director Rachel Maleh said digital and downloadable versions of a report detailing results of the U.S. 2019 Rail Safety Week efforts are now available.

A centerpiece of Rail Safety Week since 2018 is the #STOPTrackTragedies campaign, which features videos telling the stories of people affected by rail crossing and trespassing incidents.

“Our 2020 Rail Safety Week efforts will be led by state coordinators across the U.S. to highlight crossing safety and rail trespass prevention in high-incident areas,” said Maleh.

“We’re excited to coordinate with Operation Lifesaver Canada and now, the AMF, through events, social media, news media outreach and paid marketing efforts.”

14 OLI Chapters Receive FHA Safety Grants

April 28, 2020

The Ohio, Indiana and Pennsylvania chapters of Operation Lifesaver are among 14 state groups that are sharing $200,000 in grants awarded by the Federal Highway Administration.

The funds will be used for highway-rail grade crossing safety public education projects.

This will include campaigns that raise public awareness of the need for caution near grade crossings, and community events that deliver safety tips to motorists and professional drivers.

In a news release OLI officials said the grants were made through a competitive process that took into account safety need, the number of highway-rail collisions in a state, and how the project’s proposal combines federal funding with private partnerships.

Other state chapters that received funding included Arizona, California, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, South Carolina and Washington.