Rail Safety Week Sept 20-26
Together, we can #STOPTrackTragedies.
Since 2017, Rail Safety Week (RSW) has saved lives by educating and empowering the public to make safe decisions around trains and tracks and raising awareness of the need for rail safety education. This annual week-long event is a collaborative effort among Operation Lifesaver, Inc., state Operation Lifesaver programs, and rail safety partners across the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Rail Safety Week is spearheaded by Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI), Operation Lifesaver Canada and the Mexican Association of Railroads (AMF), making it a true North American effort.
View the 2021 Schedule of Themes and Events.
Read OLI's Rail Safety Week 2020 Results Report.
Why is there a need for Rail Safety Week?
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.
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, approximately 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 as well as participating in virtual rail safety messaging.
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! Contact Barb Petito of Amtrak (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
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.