Posts Tagged ‘railroad trespassing deaths’

FRA Launches Grant Program to Fight Trespassing

October 23, 2019

The Federal Railroad Administration is seeking to reduce trespassing on railroad property through a grant program.

The agency recently posted a notice of funding opportunity for the Railroad Trespassing Enforcement Grant Program with awards of $150,000.

The objective of the program is to cut trespassing safety-related incidents.

The grants would be awarded to law enforcement agencies for regular and overtime wages to assist communities at risk for rail trespassing related incidents and fatalities.

In its notice, the FRA said “funding under this NOFO is limited to hourly wages for law enforcement officials to enforce trespassing laws at rail trespass hot spots within their respective jurisdictions or at areas that demonstrate a rail trespassing problem in their community on FRA-regulated track. Enforcement Activities may include investigating incidents of trespassing, as well as providing warnings and citations to the trespassers.”

State, county, municipal, local and regional enforcement agencies are eligible applicants under this notice.

Those government entities must have at least one mile of FRA-regulated railroad track within their jurisdiction.

Applications for the grants are due by 5 p.m. EST on Dec. 23, 2019.

OLI Says Grade Crossing Fatalities Rose in 2017

March 16, 2018

Deaths caused by trespassing on railroad property and at grade crossings rose in 2017, Operation Lifesaver said this week.

Trespassing fatalities jumped by 22.3 percent while those at grade crossings increased by 7.4 percent last year when compared with 2016 figures.

The data came from the Federal Railroad Administration, which said 575 died and 505 were were injured after trespassing on railroad property in 2017.

At grade crossings, 274 were killed and 807 were injured last year.

When comparing 2017 to 2016, total casualties, which includes deaths and injuries, rose 13.3 percent in trespassing incidents while the number of collisions at grade crossings increased 3.1 percent to 2,105 from 2,041 in 2016.

“We are very concerned about the increase in crossing incidents and deaths, and alarmed by the sharp rise in trespass deaths,” said OLI Interim President Wende Corcoran in a statement.
OLI said that the 2017 railroad trespassing casualty rate — deaths and injuries per million train miles — was 1.55, the highest level in the past decade.

The highway-rail incident rate — incidents per million train miles — was 3.01, an increase from 2016.

States with the most crossing collisions in 2017 were Texas, California, Illinois, Florida and Georgia. States with the most trespasser casualties — deaths and injuries combined — in 2017 were California, Texas, Florida, Pennsylvania and Illinois.