Metra schedules 'safety blitzes' at 59 stations

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A Metra Milwaukee West train arrives at the Roselle station in January 2019. Roselle will be one of the 59 stations hosting a Metra "Safety Blitz" in 2019, with Metra employees offering safety information at the station on the morning of April 16.
TRAINS: David Lassen

CHICAGO — Metra is planning Operation Lifesaver “Safety Blitzes” at 59 stations across its six-county system in 2019, part of an effort to raise safety awareness with its passengers.

Metra employees will be at stations during the morning commute, distributing educational materials, answering questions and listening to commuters’ safety concerns, and showing a short video about grade crossing safety.

“Safety is always Metra’s highest priority,” Metra CEO and Executive Director Jim Derwinski said in a media release about the program. “These safety blitzes allow us to reach our customers directly to ensure that they understand the need to stay vigilant about safety around the railroad.”

The program began in February and will reach stations on all Metra lines. A complete schedule is available here.

The safety issue is particularly acute in Illinois, which ranked second nationally in rail fatalities in 2018 and fifth nationally in trespassing fatalities. There were 47 people killed and 51 injured at grade crossings or along railroad rights-of-way. Metra trains were involved in 14 of the fatalities, including six at grade crossings. The numbers do not include deaths ruled to be suicides or suspected suicides.

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