Capitol Corridor Helps Kick Off California Rail Safety Month

September 13, 2017

On Thursday, September 7, 2017, the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (CCJPA) joined with California Operation Lifesaver, railway representatives from around Northern California, law enforcement, and high school students at the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento to kick off Rail Safety Month.

While September 24 -30, 2017, is national U.S. Rail Safety Week, California recognizes Rail Safety the entire month of September. State legislators passed a bill in 2009 that designated September as Rail Safety Month to raise awareness about the dangers of trespassing on and being near railway tracks.

Speakers at the kickoff event, which included James Jordan, Regional Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration and Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty, highlighted the need for continued safety education this month, and throughout the year, emphasizing Rail Safety Month’s campaign slogans #SeeTracksThinkTrain and #SaveLivesTell5.

Along with staff from the CCJPA, representatives from the California Department of Transportation, California Operation Lifesaver (CAOL), Union Pacific Railroad, Amtrak, Altamont Corridor Express (ACE), and BNSF Railway were in attendance. Together, these organizations are committed to reducing the number of rail-related accidents through safety education in a joint effort with elected officials and law enforcement partners.

To learn more about rail safety visit See Tracks? Think Train! You can also visit the Capitol Corridor’s Safety and Security web page to learn more about how we keep our riders and communities safe.

Enjoy the pictures below from the kick off event on September 7:

Locomotive with California Operation Lifesaver banner.
Event speakers, left to right pictured with ST3 mascot: Chris Flores, Congresswoman Doris Matsui’s Office Representative; Malcolm Dougherty, Caltrans Director; James Jordan, Regional Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration; and Nancy Sheehan, California Operation Lifesaver State Coordinator.
Cosumnes Oaks High School students and California Highway Patrol officers.
James Jordan – Federal Railroad Administration
Malcolm Dougherty – Caltrans Director
Cosumnes Oaks HS students with teacher Carl Chapin
Nancy Sheehan – State Coordinator, CAOL
Cosumnes Oaks High School Drivers Education class holding rail safety messages.
See Tracks? Think Train!