Posts Tagged ‘grade crossing safety’

Agencies Launch Grade Crossing Safety Campaign

April 23, 2019

Two federal agencies have launched a railroad grade crossing safety program.

The Federal Railroad Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are spending $5.6 million to urge motorists and pedestrians to be more careful at grade crossings.

The agencies noted that last year grade crossing accidents resulted in 270 deaths.

Of those 99 were killed after a motorist drove around lowered crossing gates, which the FRA said was the highest number of such fatalities in the past decade.

The campaign, which will run through May 12, includes a video on digital and social platforms, radio advertising and social media messages.

Advertisement are being targeted to high-incident communities in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon and Texas.

Brightline Increases Safety Measures

January 30, 2018

Florida passenger operator Brightline has placed large electronic signs at several busy rail crossings in an effort to address problems with pedestrians going around or under crossing gates.

The signs remind pedestrians that passenger trains are now using the Florida East Coast route and traveling at higher speeds.

Brightline has also assigned “safety ambassadors” at key crossings to let people know to be aware of trains and stay off the tracks.

During the first week of Brightline service in January, three pedestrians were struck by trains with two of them being killed.

Police have said that in all three incidents that the people who were hit had not paid attention to warning lights and crossing gates.