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Operation Lifesaver announces safety education grants to four transit systems
Tri-Met in Portland, OR is one of the agencies that will receive a safety education grant from Operation Lifesaver.
WASHINGTON, DC, November 2, 2011 – Rail safety nonprofit Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI, www.oli.org), today announced that four transit agencies will receive rail safety education grants as part of its partnership with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Transit Agencies selected for grants under the Operation Lifesaver/Federal Transit Administration partnership include: Memphis, TN Area Transit Authority (MATA); Phoenix, AZ Valley Metro; Portland, OR Tri-Met; and Salt Lake City, UT TRAX. OLI President Helen M. Sramek announced the grants in a speech at FTA’s 15th Annual State Safety Oversight (SSO) meeting here.
“Even as rail transit remains among the safest modes of transportation in the United States, continued growth in ridership heightens the importance of safety education in our communities,” said Sramek. “We are proud to partner with the Federal Transit Administration on these safety grants.”
Sramek also noted that nine transit agencies have incorporated the Operation Lifesaver “Bad Move” rail-pedestrian safety poster campaign into their public education efforts. The agencies include: Central Arkansas Transit Authority, North Little Rock, AR; Charlotte Area Transit System, NC; WMATA, Washington, DC; Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, OH; Music City Transit, Knoxville, TN; Memphis Area Transit Authority, TN; Cap MetroRail, Austin, TX; Hampton Roads Transit, Norfolk, VA; and Sound Transit, Seattle, WA.
“The ‘Bad Move’ PSA targets people aged 16 to 34 with a message that’s intended to reduce pedestrian-train deaths and injuries,” said OLI President Helen M. Sramek. “These transit agencies have joined our ‘Bad Move’ interactive poster campaign, increasing awareness of the dangers of walking on or near train tracks. As our campaign continues to expand, we are extending the ‘Bad Move’ Write Your Own Ending contest through November 9, 2011 in order to make sure everyone who would like can enter.”
Download a pdf version of the "Bad Move" pedestrian rail safety campaign poster.
Operation Lifesaver (www.oli.org) is a national, non-profit safety education group whose goal is to eliminate deaths and injuries at railroad crossings and along railroad rights of way. It has programs in all 50 states with trained and certified presenters who provide free talks to raise the public’s safety awareness around tracks and trains.
Operation Lifesaver, Inc. understands the importance of the news media’s role in helping the public make safe decisions around tracks and trains.
To request further information about Operation Lifesaver’s activities, or for additional safety information, please contact our national headquarters office at 703-739-0308 or 800-537-6224. If you are a reporter on deadline, please contact:
- DeQuendre Bertrand, Director of Internal and External Communications - Phone 703-739-0284, or email [email protected]
- Carol P. Steckbeck, Media Consultant - Phone 919-303-5140, or email [email protected]
About Operation Lifesaver
Operation Lifesaver’s mission is to end collisions, deaths and injuries at highway-rail grade crossings and on rail property through a nationwide network of volunteers who work to educate people about rail safety. Our national office in Alexandria, VA, supports state programs, developing videos, educational brochures, instructional information and other materials for audiences of all ages. Our state coordinators are located in all 50 states.
Operation Lifesaver, Inc.
1420 King Street, Suite 201
Alexandria, VA 22314
Email : [email protected]
Media Inquiries: [email protected]