During National Rail Safety Week 2019, the public transportation industry wants to remind pedestrian and drivers to stay alert when near the tracks. Every year, 2,100 people in North America are killed or seriously injured when they engage in unsafe behavior around tracks and trains.

Operation Lifesaver and public transportation providers work hand in hand to try and stop the occurrence of these incidents.

“It is vitally important for the public to understand how trains operate – they have their own right away, and they cannot stop on a dime. The transportation industry wants to help educate communities to learn more about safety when near commuter rail, light rail, and streetcars. We commend this annual initiative by Operation Lifesaver, an organization that works tirelessly to prevent these needless incidents,” said APTA President and CEO Paul P. Skoutelas.

As part of this year’s new rail safety public-awareness campaign, “#STOPTrackTragedies,” APTA has produced a video reminding the public to not take a chance and to stay safe around all rail modes.

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The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is a nonprofit international association of 1,500 public and private sector organization which represent a $71 billion industry that directly employs 430,000 people and supports millions of private sector jobs. APTA members are engaged in the areas of bus, paratransit, light rail, commuter rail, subways, waterborne services, and intercity and high-speed passenger rail. This includes: transit systems; planning, design, construction, and finance firms; product and service providers; academic institutions; transit associations and state departments of transportation. APTA is the only association in North America that represents all modes of public transportation. APTA members serve the public interest by providing safe, efficient and economical transit services and products.
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