This year, Operation Lifesaver, the national, nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing collisions, fatalities and injuries at highway-rail crossings and trespassing on or near railroad tracks,  celebrates its 45th year of providing free public rail safety education to communities across America.

Working with invaluable safety partners including federal agencies, freight, passenger and commuter railroads, state departments of transportation, rail labor, transit agencies, nonprofit organizations, law enforcement and first responders, Operation Lifesaver has helped reduce the number of train-vehicle collisions by more than 83 percent since it was founded in 1972.

Today, Operation Lifesaver reaches millions of people annually in the U.S. with its lifesaving messages. 

But there is more work to do; every three hours in the U.S., a person or vehicle is hit by a train.

To continue Operation Lifesaver’s good work, we are working to sustain and increase our critical safety partnerships. As part of this effort, a reception will be held in Washington, DC, in June to highlight and celebrate the important work that Operation Lifesaver and its safety partners have been doing over the past 45 years.

Interested in lending your support to Operation Lifesaver’s rail safety education activities? Email sponsor@oli.org for more information.

Decline in collisions

We’ve helped to reduce the number of train/motor vehicle collisions from a 1972 high of roughly 12,000 annual incidents to approximately 2,025 incidents in 2016.
(Source: FRA preliminary 2016 statistics).