Statement by Operation Lifesaver, Inc. President Bonnie Murphy on Batory Nomination
Operation Lifesaver, Inc., the national rail safety education nonprofit, welcomes the nomination of former Conrail President and CEO Ronald L. Batory as Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). As a veteran railroader, Mr. Batory is aware of the importance of educating the public about making safe choices at railroad crossings and along rights-of-way. Ninety-five percent of rail-related incidents nationwide are due to grade crossing collisions or rail trespassers; our mission is to reduce these incidents.
We value our safety partnership with the FRA, and following his confirmation by the Senate, we look forward to working with Mr. Batory to keep drivers and pedestrians safe, and on preparations for the first-ever U.S. Rail Safety Week, September 24-30, 2017.
About Operation Lifesaver
Operation Lifesaver is a nonprofit public safety education and awareness organization dedicated to reducing collisions, fatalities and injuries at highway-rail crossings and preventing trespassing on or near railroad tracks. A national network of trained volunteers gives free presentations on rail safety and a public awareness campaign, “See Tracks? Think Train!” provides the public with tips and statistics to encourage safe behavior near the tracks. OLI will lead a national observance of U.S. Rail Safety Week, September 24-30, 2017. Learn more about U.S. Rail Safety Week; follow OLI on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.