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another problem has surfaced:
distracted behavior.
According to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Office of Safety Analysis, there were
597 nonfatal trespassing incidents
from Jan. 1, 2019 through Oct.
30, 2019 and there were 535 fatal trespassing incidents in the
same timeframe. And in Florida
alone, FRA reports there were 106
grade-crossing incidents at public
and private crossings from January 2019 to October 2019. To
combat this, industry stakeholders, including Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI), the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT),
Brightline and L.B. Foster Co., are
implementing a combination of
engineering solutions and education campaigns that focus on
improving rail safety.

There were 597 nonfatal trespassing incidents from
Jan. 1, 2019 through Oct. 30, 2019 and there were 535
fatal trespassing incidents in the same timeframe.
The dynamic envelopes were
piloted a few years back at two
different locations, explains Secretary of the Florida Department

of Transportation Kevin Thibault.
"When we did those [pilots],
we saw a 15-percent improvement on people acknowledging

Engineering a
safer crossing

Florida is consistently one of the
states with the highest number
of grade-crossing incidents, according to the FRA, reporting
399 grade-crossing incidents
from Jan. 1, 2016 to Nov. 30, 2019.
FDOT says one reason is because
people are stopping on the tracks
without realizing. So, Brightline
and FDOT turned their attention
to grade crossings to help get people off the tracks.
Media Relations Director
Michael Hicks explains Brightline installed 90 variable message signs (VMS) at the busiest
intersections between West Palm
Beach and Miami, displaying
messages such as "See Tracks,
Think Train."
FDOT is focused on installing dynamic envelopes at every
FDOT roadway and state-owned
rail crossing to make it more obvious to people when they're on
or near the tracks. FDOT will also
require dynamic envelopes to be
included in the standard design of
any future railroad crossings on
FDOT roadways or state-owned
land rail crossings.

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