Rail Safety Week 2020 moves to virtual outreach event

Sept. 21, 2020
While the pandemic has shifted outreach efforts, the emphasis on safe actions around rail crossing and railroad rights-of-way remain a focus for the industry.
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Rail Safety Week 2020 will take place Sept. 21-27 across North America with stakeholders in the U.S., Canada and Mexico focusing on safety actions around railroad property.  

Operation Lifesaver Inc. (OLI), Operation Lifesaver Canada and the Mexican Association of Railroads are leading this year’s observance. The week is designed to raise awareness of safe actions around rail crossings and railroad rights-of-way and to empower the general public to keep themselves safe when around rail property.

Typically, the week contains multiple in-person outreach efforts, safety blitzes and other campaigns, but the COVID-19 pandemic has shifted the week’s activities to focus on social media and virtual outreach.

OLI reports there are 2,100 North Americans who are injured or killed annually in railway crossing and trespassing incidents; these are largely preventable events and Rail Safety Week is designed to do just that.

“The [U.S. Department of Transportation] is committed to working with communities, as well as domestic and international partners, to improve pedestrian and vehicle safety near railroads,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.

“Rail Safety Week raises awareness of the need for caution near railroad crossings and train tracks. We appreciate the support of Secretary Chao, the U.S. Department of Transportation and all our Rail Safety Week partners,” said Operation Lifesaver Executive Director Rachel Maleh.

Rail Safety Week began in 2017 and has grown in exposure and added new community partners every year.

Themes of this year’s campaign include partnerships with law enforcement, crossing safety, transit safety, trespass prevention and others.

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Mass Transit will be featuring a rail safety story in this space throughout the week of Sept. 21-27, 2020, to support and draw attention to Rail Safety Week.

About the Author

Mischa Wanek-Libman | Editor in Chief

Mischa Wanek-Libman serves as editor in chief of Mass Transit magazine. She is responsible for developing and maintaining the magazine’s editorial direction and is based in the western suburbs of Chicago.

Wanek-Libman has spent more than 20 years covering transportation issues including construction projects and engineering challenges for various commuter railroads and transit agencies. She has been recognized for editorial excellence through her individual work, as well as for collaborative content. 

She is an active member of the American Public Transportation Association's Marketing and Communications Committee and serves as a Board Observer on the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) Board of Directors.  

She is a graduate of Drake University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication with a major in magazine journalism and a minor in business management.

 

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