Since 1993, Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) partnerships with rail labor, management, and others helped reduce highway-rail grade
crossing fatalities by more than 35 percent, according to a new FRA report.
FRA 2000-Federal Railroad Administration- A Report to the Nation reveals that safety record lows were achieved while freight and passenger
traffic increased to all-time highs in 1993-99. The report is intended to be a guide for rail transportation industry leaders, state and local government
officials, and citizens who want to understand how rail transportation impacts their lives.
The study also reports that train accidents were reduced by 87 percent, and rail employee casualties by nearly 34 percent during the seven-year period.
Each year, deaths at highway-rail grade crossings and trespassing on rail property account for 90 percent of all rail-related fatalities. Working with local communities, Operation Lifesaver and other federal and state partners are improving safety and preventing accidents through greater engineering, enforcement, and education, the report states.
Along with today's educational and enforcement efforts, FRA is boosting efforts to advance new technologies to further improve crossing safety through the following:
- photo enforcement where cameras record drivers who break the law so that tickets can be issued
- median barriers and four quadrant gates so that motorists cannot drive around crossings
- safety nets so that cars and trucks cannot intrude onto rail tracks
For more information on the report, visit FRA's website, www.fra.dot.gov.
This document was last updated on February 25, 2001.
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