Operation Lifesaver grants eight transit agencies $148,500 for safety campaigns

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WASHINGTON – Operation Lifesaver has announced $148,500 in grants to eight transit agencies for public awareness and educational projects. The selected agencies in seven states will help promote the organization’s “See Tracks? Think Train!” campaign. The campaign is to raise public’s awareness that whether they walking or driving by railroad tracks, that they should expect approaching streetcars or light rail vehicles.

“We appreciate the help of the American Public Transportation Association in publicizing the rail transit safety grant program,” Vice President Wende Corcoran says. “Operation Lifesaver is very grateful to our safety partners at the Federal Transit Administration for providing the funding.”

The following agencies were selected to receive the grants:
  • Southern California Regional Rail Authority (Metrolink) of Los Angles
  • Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) of Petaluma, Calif.
  • Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) of Atlanta, Ga.
  • Metro Transit of Minneapolis
  • KC Streetcar Authority of Kansas City, Mo.
  • TriMet of Portland, Ore.
  • Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County in Houston
  • Hampton Roads Transit of Norfolk, Va.

The grants range from $13,000 to $20,000 and will require an agency match of 25 percent. Billboards, bus wraps, platforms kiosks, social media, and radio spots will be used by the agencies to help spread the national organization’s message.
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