Kick-off event for National Rail Safety Week with California Operations Lifesaver at Petco Park, Sept. 24
SAN DIEGO – In recognition of National Rail Safety Week, Amtrak Pacific Surfliner will host an educational event featuring rail safety experts from California Operation Lifesaver (CAOL) Sunday, Sept. 24, at Petco Park before the San Diego Padres game against the Colorado Rockies. CAOL volunteers will staff a rail safety education booth at the Park at the Park, which opens two and a half hours before the first pitch. Attendees will have a chance to talk with rail safety experts who will provide valuable tips and resources for staying safe around railroad tracks, including those used by the Pacific Surfliner between San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo.
September is Rail Safety Month in California and Sept. 24 – 30 is National Rail Safety Week across the nation. California ranks No. 1 in the nation in incidents involving trespassers on the railroad tracks, with 191 incidents in 2016, a 38.4 percent increase from the prior year, according to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). California ranks No. 2 in incidents at highway-rail grade crossings, with 167 incidents in 2016, an 11.3 percent increase from the prior year, according to FRA.
“People continue to walk, exercise and take pictures on or near railroad tracks, all of which are illegal and extremely dangerous activities,” said Tony Kranz, chairman of the Los Angeles – San Diego – San Luis Obispo Rail Corridor Agency (LOSSAN), which oversees the Pacific Surfliner service. “With an almost 40 percent increase in trespasser incidents on California railroad tracks, it’s more important than ever for us to educate people on ways to keep themselves and their loved ones safe around railroad tracks.”
Most incidents are preventable by following simple safety rules, including staying alert near train tracks and crossing only at designated pedestrian or roadway crossings. Pedestrians are also urged to never walk on train tracks, and remember that trains always have the right of way and cannot stop quickly to avoid obstacles. For more information or to request a free rail safety presentation, visit: pacificsurfliner.com/railsafety, www.caol.us or www.oli.org.
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About the Pacific Surfliner
The Pacific Surfliner travels along 351-mile coastal rail route through San Diego, Orange, Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties, serving 31 stations. It is the second busiest intercity passenger rail corridor in the United States with 24 daily trains and annual ridership of more than 2.9 million. To learn more and plan a trip, visit PacificSurfliner.com, like Pacific Surfliner on Facebook, or @pacsurfliners on Twitter.
About the LOSSAN Rail Corridor Agency
The Los Angeles – San Diego – San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) Rail Corridor Agency manages the Pacific Surfliner service in close coordination with its member agencies, Amtrak and Caltrans. The LOSSAN Agency is a joint powers authority composed of rail owners, operators and planning agencies along the entire LOSSAN rail corridor. For more information, visit lossan.org.
About California Operation Lifesaver
California Operation Lifesaver (CAOL) is a non-profit safety education and awareness program dedicated to ending collisions, fatalities, and injuries at highway-rail grade crossings and on railroad rights of way.