Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI) announced three online transit safety pledges.
Building on the existing rail safety pledges for kids and adults, the new transit safety pledges give rail transit and commuter riders information to use when entering stations, accessing train platforms, and riding trains. Funding for the transit pledges was provided by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).
Safety Pledges for Users
After taking the transit safety pledge online, users may download a certificate reminding them of the safe choices they promised to make.
“As options increase for taking rail transit to work, play, and other destinations, OLI’s transit safety pledges help riders know what to do around railroad tracks and trains,” said Rachel Maleh, Operation Lifesaver, Inc. executive director. “We urge transit riders to share the pledges with family and friends. The simple act of sharing the pledge raises awareness and can help #STOPTrackTragedies.”
OLI urges the transit-riding public to:
- Use increased attention when approaching and crossing railroad tracks
- Make safe choices in transit stations and while riding trains
- In stations, stay alert, avoid distractions, and stay behind the yellow or raised markings as trains approach
- Know that transit trains travel quickly, are quiet, and may not stop at all stations
- Never ride bikes, scooters, or skateboards in the station
“As a former transit agency CEO, I know how committed our industry is to safety. It is woven into the very fabric of our culture,” said Paul P. Skoutelas, American Public Transportation Association (APTA) president/CEO. “OLI’s safety pledges reinforce our industry’s commitment, and our members are proud to help educate their communities concerning important safety tips to follow while riding rail transit and to create awareness about making safe choices around railroad tracks.”