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SPECIAL REPORT
Combating operator assaults is also
being addressed among bus networks
with Edmonton Transit Service, Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority and
Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority all implementing plans in 2019
to install driver safety barriers on their
existing bus fleets. Dallas Area Rapid
Transit began accepting delivery of 41

new compressed natural gas buses in
August that are equipped with driver
safety barriers.
Among rail networks, the topic of
trespass and suicide prevention continues to draw focus. The Federal Railroad
Administration (FRA) issued a Notice
of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) in the
Oct. 22 edition of the Federal Register

for $150,000 in grants available under
its Railroad Trespassing Enforcement
Grant Program.
Trespassing is the leading cause of
rail-related deaths in the United States
and FRA, as part of its National Strategy to Prevent Trespassing on Railroad
Property, established the grant program
to fund enforcement of trespassing laws.
FRA says such activities may include
investigating trespass incidents, as
well as issuing warnings and citations
to trespassers.
Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI),
awarded grants to 10 transit systems
in 2019 to enhance safety programs,
including a grant to Southeastern
Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) that will help fund its suicide-prevention campaign aimed at
reducing rail suicides among first responders and veterans at risk for suicide. This effort will be undertaken with
the Regional Suicide Prevention Task
Force of Southeastern Pennsylvania.
"These transit agencies will put
their grant funding towards campaigns focusing on keeping the public safe when driving or walking near
commuter trains, light rail or streetcars," said OLI Executive Director
Rachel Maleh.

Trespassing on passenger
rail property*:
May - the month with
the most incidents
September - the month with
the lowest amount of incidents
Friday - the day of the week
with the most incidents
Saturday - the day of
the week with the lowest
amount of incidents
6 p.m. - the time of day
with the most incidents
3 a.m. - the time of day with the
lowest amount of incidents
Walking - what more than half
of trespassing incident victims
were doing prior to the event
*FRA Trespass and Suicide Dashboard;
data range Jan. 2009 - June 2019

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