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Operation Lifesaver President Bonnie Murphy tapped for position with Dallas Area Rapid Transit
WASHINGTON, DC, October 27, 2017 – Operation Lifesaver, Inc., (OLI) President Bonnie Murphy announced that she will complete her term with the nonprofit on November 1 to join Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) as Vice President Commuter Rail & Railroad Management. Murphy, who has more than 30 years of rail industry experience and 10 years of executive-level government experience, joined the rail safety education organization in January of 2016.
OLI Board Chairman Bob VanderClute said, “The Operation Lifesaver board is grateful to Bonnie for her leadership of the organization. Under her guidance, OLI further stabilized its funding sources, strengthened safety partnerships, and raised its prominence as a leading rail safety education nonprofit by spearheading the first U.S. Rail Safety Week, held last month. We wish her well as she continues her rail safety-oriented career with DART.”
Said Murphy, “I am thrilled by the success of the first U.S. Rail Safety Week, and grateful to Operation Lifesaver’s board, state program directors, federal safety partners, freight, passenger, transit and commuter rail companies, law enforcement agencies, and others who worked so hard to spread the rail safety message across the nation. I am extremely proud of the important work we’ve done together, and I look forward to continuing to support Operation Lifesaver’s mission of reducing incidents, deaths and injuries near tracks and trains in my new position.”
Murphy’s previous positions included serving as general manager with the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Rail, as deputy associate administrator for safety compliance and program implementation with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) in Washington, DC, as FRA regional administrator in Texas, and as director and chief operating officer of Trinity Railway Express in Texas. She began her career with Amtrak.
VanderClute said that OLI Vice President Wende Corcoran will serve as Interim President while the Operation Lifesaver board of directors conducts a search for Murphy’s successor.
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 provides free presentations on rail safety and a public awareness campaign, “See Tracks? Think Train!” equips the general public with tips and statistics to encourage safe behavior near the tracks. Learn more at http://www.oli.org; follow OLI on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.
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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 trespassing on or near railroad tracks. Our team consists of nationwide network of volunteers who work to educate people about rail safety, state coordinators who lead the efforts in states across the U.S. and a national office in Washington, D.C., that supports state programs, develops education materials, and creates public awareness campaigns for audiences of all ages.
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