Amtrak joins Operation Lifesaver Inc. (OLI), the Association of American Railroads and other railroads in raising awareness about safety near railroad tracks through See Tracks? Think Train!
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“Today’s Congressional hearing is part of the larger discussion on the need for a new surface transportation bill and is focused on identifying effective and innovative projects and activities that improve the safety of the travelling public.”
Amtrak is currently operating a regular Thursday schedule and announcements about any schedule changes, if needed, will be made as soon as that information becomes available.
The Amtrak Police Department (APD) is launching a new method for passengers and employees to report suspicious activity, crime, or emergencies by introducing APD11 “Txt-a-Tip,” a program that allows contacting the Amtrak Police Department’s National Communications Center via SMS text messaging.
Amtrak, Caltrans and Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority will use Rail Safety Month in September as a kickoff to their year-long “Be Track Smart” rail safety campaign, which offers facts and safety tips to reduce injuries and fatalities near railroad crossings and tracks.
As chief safety officer, Michael will be responsible for planning, directing and overseeing the safety activities and standards of Amtrak departments to achieve continuous improvement in employee and passenger safety, including the railroad’s Safe-2-Safer behavior-based cultural safety program.
“Deputy Chief Dugan brings a wealth of law enforcement knowledge to the Amtrak Police Department as the new Deputy Chief of Patrol for the Central/Southwest/Pacific regions of Amtrak,” said Chief Hanson.
Francesco (Frank) McBride is the 2012 Amtrak Police Officer of the Year. Based in Philadelphia, Investigator McBride was assigned several high-profile cases, many of which involved the theft of copper wire from the Amtrak system.
The K9 video features animated talking dog characters explaining the ability of K9 teams to use their heightened sense of smell to detect suspicious vapors. In addition, the video teaches kids how to be safer around trains, railroad tracks and stations.
Amtrak announces it has named Magdy El-Sibaie as the new chief
safety officer and Robin McDonough as chief, business operations. Both will report directly to
DJ Stadtler, vice president of operations.