Operation Lifesaver

BART Add Fare Machines inside stations, which also serve as parking payment machines, now accept credit and debit cards.

Transit Briefs: BART, Amtrak, SEPTA, HART, MTC, NJ Transit

Bay Area Rapid Transit’s (BART) Add Fare machines undergo major upgrades to improve customer experience. Also, Amtrak trains could be coming into the Miami Intermodal Center; the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) breaks ground on new accessibility project at Tasker-Morris Station; the Honolulu Authority for Rail Transportation (HART) and Hitachi Rail run small-scale exercise drills in partnership with the city’s first responders; the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) adopts a new Transit-Oriented Communities Policy to promote commercial development near transit stations; and NJ Transit rolls out two initiatives as part of its ongoing Safety Education Program.

OLI Names New State Coordinators, Issues Photography Safety Materials

Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI) now offers rail safety outreach and education programs in 47 states plus Washington, D.C., with the addition of eight new state coordinators. It has also teamed with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) on education materials covering the dangers and illegality of railroad track photography.


Our Industry Must Present a United Front

Recently, I was honored to receive the OneRail Coalition’s newly established Canby Award. Named for the Coalition’s founder and former director, Anne Canby, the award recognizes an individual’s “dedication to preserving and

Operation Lifesaver (OLI) will use 2022 funding from the Posner Foundation of Pittsburgh to support a competitive grant program for public education activities conducted by OLI state programs, among other initiatives.

OLI: Posner Foundation Grant Renewed

The Posner Foundation of Pittsburgh has renewed its annual grant to Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI), supporting U.S. highway/rail grade crossing safety education.

This summer, WMATA will close the New Carrollton, Landover, Cheverly, Deanwood and Minnesota Avenue stations on the Orange Line, as part of the final phase of its four-year Platform Improvement Project.

Transit Briefs: GCRTA, Metra, WMATA

Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA) will receive an initial $20.3 million under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Also, Chicago’s Metra has scheduled 51 safety blitzes for 2022; and Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) will start the final phase of its Platform Improvement Project on May 28.

OLI is offering new public service announcements for farmers and farm machine operators, available in English and Spanish versions, to ensure their safety in the field.

OLI Issues Rail Safety Resources for Farmers, Farm Machine Operators

Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI) has released new rail safety resources to help farmers and farm machine operators avoid incidents around railroad tracks. According to preliminary 2020 Federal Railroad Administration statistics, 325 crossing collisions comprising 17% of total incidents occurred at private crossings, resulting in 22 fatalities (11.2% of total crossing-related deaths) and 111 injuries (16.1% of total crossing injuries).

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Glasgow OLI Champion Award Recipient

Operation Lifesaver Inc. (OLI) has named Georgia Operation Lifesaver State Coordinator Jennie Glasgow recipient of its 2021 Champion Award “in recognition of more than 40 years advancing rail safety education.” OLI announced Glasgow’s award during the 2021 Operation Lifesaver State Coordinator Summit in Omaha, Neb.

Rail Safety Week Set for Sept. 20-26

Operation Lifesaver Inc. (OLI), Operation Lifesaver Canada and the Mexican Association of Railroads (AMF) are kicking off this year’s observance of Rail Safety Week in North America on Sept. 20.