Batory to deliver keynote at Chicago area rail safety conference

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CHICAGO – Federal Railroad Administrator Ronald L. Batory will delivery the keynote address at the 2018 meeting of the DuPage Railroad Safety Council as the organization hosts its 12th biennial safety summit on Thursday.

The focus of this year’s conference, entitled Prevent Tragedy on the Tracks, will be to continue the organization’s goal of cutting trespass and suicide deaths 50 percent by 2026, according to council chairman Dr. Lanny Wilson.

The council is hoping that Batory “will be our champion and take this goal nationwide,” Wilson says.

The council was founded in 1994 to examine ways to heighten awareness and improve safety at highway/railroad crossings and to work with civic, law enforcement and railroad leaders to eliminate deaths and injuries along railways. In 2016, the council expanded its efforts to include reducing trespass and suicide deaths.

Three sessions will be conducted Thursday: The first on research on rail trespass and suicide prevention strategies; the second on mental health initiatives; and the third on law enforcement efforts.

Among the panelists are: Scott Gabree, engineering research psychologist with the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center in Cambridge, Mass.; Patrick Sherry, executive director of the National Center for Intermodal Transportation at the University of Denver; and James Buckley-Waterman of Network Rail Consulting.

Norman Carlson, chairman of Metra, will discuss the campaign by Chicago’s commuter rail agency to raise mental health awareness and train employees to respond in potentially life-threatening situations. According to Metra, its employees were involved in 58 such interventions in 2017.

The session will be held at the Drake Hotel in west suburban Oak Brook. Information and registration are available at dupagerailsafety.org.

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