Rail Safety Week
Join us for the next Rail Safety Week, Sept. 20-26, 2021!
The goal of Rail Safety Week (RSW), held in September each year, is to raise awareness of the need for rail safety education and empower the general public to keep themselves safe near highway-rail grade crossings and railroad rights-of-way.
View the 2021 Schedule of Themes and Events.
Read OLI's Rail Safety Week 2020 Results Report.
Law Enforcement Joins Forces to Support Rail Safety Week
Operation Clear Track
Law Enforcement and First Responder Partners support Rail Safety Week through the Operation Clear Track safety initiative, spearheaded in the U.S. by Amtrak with support from Operation Lifesaver, Inc. During Operation Clear Track, more than 500 local, state, federal and railroad police organizations are stationed at grade crossings across the country to distribute safety materials to motorists and pedestrians and reinforce the importance of crossing and trespass laws.
In 2021, OPERATION CLEAR TRACK will be conducted on Tuesday, September 21 in partnership with Law Enforcement agencies throughout the country to share the rail safety message in communities. All first responders, including firefighters, Emergency Medical Services and Offices of Emergency Management are encouraged to post lifesaving grade crossing safety and trespass prevention information for drivers and pedestrians on their websites and share on social media.
Join us to observe Operation Clear Track 2021 and share the safety message!
The ongoing "Stop Track Tragedies" public awareness campaign from Operation Lifesaver, Inc. and Canada Operation Lifesaver shows the impact that rail-related incidents have on families - and communities. "Stop Track Tragedies" remains a major theme of Rail Safety Week.
Rail Safety Week - History
Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI), the national rail safety education nonprofit, works in partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation and other organizations to observe Rail Safety Week (RSW) each year.
The FIRST U.S. Rail Safety Week was held September 24-30, 2017, as OLI celebrated its 45th year and its mission of reducing collisions, fatalities and injuries at highway-rail crossings and preventing trespassing on or near railroad tracks. In 2018 and 2019, Rail Safety Week was held jointly in Canada and the U.S., with the overall theme, "Stop Track Tragedies."
In 2018 and 2019, Canada Operation Lifesaver and OLI's "Stop Track Tragedies" public awareness campaign showed the impact that rail-related incidents have on families - and communities. "Stop Track Tragedies" remains a major theme of Rail Safety Week.
In 2020, Mexico joined the Rail Safety Week observance. In 2021, we look forward to continuing the observance across North America!
OLI offers Rail Safety Week materials for rail safety partners and supporters to use for promotion and outreach to increase awareness of the importance of rail safety across the country.
Operation Lifesaver, Inc. supporters and rail safety partners help increase the overall reach and impact of Rail Safety Week every year. Please support Rail Safety Week and all of its outreach events and initiatives by becoming supporting OLI today.