South Shore educating public during Rail Safety Week

 

In partnership with Indiana Operation Lifesaver, the South Shore Line will once again be participating in National Rail Safety Week, Sept. 20-26, 2021, in which its teams will continue to spread awareness of rail safety in communities in which it operates.

On Sept. 23, South Shore representatives will be present at Millennium Station, Chicago, throughout the morning commute, distributing educational materials about train and grade-crossing safety, answering questions, and listening to commuters’ safety concerns. These blitzes are part of its ongoing efforts to raise awareness of the importance of safe behavior around trains and tracks.

“Trespassing on railroad property is the leading cause of all rail-related deaths in the United States. It is critical that we continue to educate the public on the risks associated with trespassing near railroad tracks or disregarding laws that have been put in place for the safety of those on the train as well as those in our community,” said Kristen Coslet, director of Safety and Rules at the South Shore. “Passenger rail service is a positive and safe means of transportation in our communities and for our riders. We will continue to do whatever it takes to better educate and enforce railway safety measures to avert and hopefully eliminate accidents along the railroad.”

The South Shore’s rail safety programs include free presentations by authorized volunteers in schools and community organizations, as well as specialized training for law enforcement, professional drivers and emergency first responders. In the increasingly distracted society, people often wear headphones and drivers talk or text behind the wheel, making South Shore Line’s mission paramount in raising safety awareness. It provides the information needed to stay safe around railroad property and rights-of-way.

For a complete list of South Shore Line safety tips and guidelines, visit https://www.mysouthshoreline.com/riders/safety. For more information on Rail Safety Week, visit https://oli.org/about-us/public-awareness-campaigns/rail-safety-week.

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