Amtrak takes a pledge to rail safety

June 27, 2023
Operation Lifesaver's Rail Safety Pledge was signed by Amtrak's leadership team to encourages others to make their own commitment to safety around railroad tracks and trains.

Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI) Rail Safety Pledge was signed by all 11 members of Amtrak’s executive leadership team in honor of U.S. National Safety Month. Amtrak and OLI challenge others to take the pledge and commit to staying safe near railroad tracks and trains.

Amtrak encourages others to make their own commitment to saving lives:

  • I will make safe choices around railroad tracks and trains by obeying warning signs and always expecting a train.
  • I will stay off the tracks including when taking photographs or filming videos and will never walk on or too close to railroad tracks (it’s dangerous and illegal).
  • I will only walk, ride or drive across railroad tracks at designated crossings.
  • I will share the rail safety message with my friends and family.

According to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), trespassing along railroad rights-of-way is the leading cause of rail-related deaths in America and railroad crossing incidents are the second leading cause.  Every three hours in the U.S., a person or vehicle is hit by a train, which is why being able to make the right choices around railroads can save lives.

“While we show up every day to deliver a safe experience for our customers, employees and communities, we can only do so much as individuals,” said Amtrak Executive Vice President and Chief Safety Officer Steve Predmore. “Rail Safety is a team effort. As we continue to grow, the best resource to address track incidents is to come together as one.”

“We urge everyone – kids and adults – to take the rail safety pledge, know the facts, make safe choices and share the rail safety message,” said OLI Executive Director Rachel Maleh, “Take the pledge, challenge others to take the pledge, join us in raising rail safety awareness in your community."