Safety Education and Community Outreach Initiatives for Trespasser Prevention: Metro-North and Long Island Rail Road

Metro-North Railroad and Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) continuously seek ways to mitigate trespassing within the system, using a comprehensive strategy that includes education, outreach, and community partnerships; inspections and system hardening; and, most recently, technology. Safety education and community outreach efforts have been established as important methods to prevent trespasser activity and consequent incidents. In 1989, LIRR initiated the Together Railroads and Communities Keeping Safe (TRACKS) program, along with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Police Department. In May 2016, Metro-North’s Office of System Safety launched its own TRACKS program. TRACKS is a fully customizable rail safety education and community outreach program that promotes safe behaviors at or around railroad grade crossings and tracks. Both the LIRR and Metro-North TRACKS programs educate more than 100,000 people every year on issues including trespasser prevention. Since the program was implemented fatalities on LIRR and Metro-North have decreased by 33%.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 36-38
  • Serial:
    • TR News
    • Issue Number: 322
    • Publisher: Transportation Research Board
    • ISSN: 0738-6826
  • Publication flags:

    Open Access (libre)

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  • Accession Number: 01713984
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 14 2019 9:31AM