METRO - Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County

09/24/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/24/2021 13:08

METRO Joins Operation Lifesaver in Safety Effort to Stop Track Tragedies

Release Date: Sep. 24, 2021
Media Hot Line: 713.739.4040

METRO and Operation Lifesaver Inc., a national rail safety education non-profit, have joined forces to observe National Rail Safety Week. The annual event, which this year takes place Sept. 20-26, aims to prevent collisions, injuries and deaths by raising awareness about the importance of making safe choices near railroad tracks.

METRO's safety department led several public engagement efforts to spread the message, including events with METRO Police (MPD), on-site outreach to local employers, virtual meetings, and public service announcements.

"METRO has been a proud supporter of Rail Safety Week since its inception," said METRO Safety Director Mohammed Boukhriss. "This effort is about saving lives. Our goal during Rail Safety Week is to drive home the message that an unsafe decision can have devastating consequences."

Since 2017, Rail Safety Week has saved lives by educating and empowering the public to make safe decisions around trains and tracks and raising awareness of rail safety education. The week-long campaign is a collaborative effort among Operation Lifesaver, Inc., state Operation Lifesaver programs, and rail safety partners across the United States, Canada and Mexico.