Tuesday, December 31, 2013

DuPage Public Transit Committee Committed to Railroad Safety in 2014

The Daily Herald reports that 2013 sees spike in train vs. car, pedestrian collisions.

As Chairman of the DuPage County Public Transit Committee one of our goals for 2014 is making sure we have safe railroad crossings.  Dan Thomas, Principal Planner for the Division of Transportation has implemented a Metra Station Survey tool used by the Active Transportation Alliance in Kane County and adapted it to our needs in DuPage County.  Mr. Thomas has begun the survey.  

In addition to Mr. Thomas working on the survey, I have been attending the meetings of the DuPage Railroad safety Council.  The DuPage Railroad Safety Council is made up of railroad officials, government officials, engineers, educators and private citizens who have a deep concern for safety at railroad crossings. The Council was founded on April 30, 1994 as an outgrowth of a Railroad Safety Conference called by the Chairman of the DuPage County Board. Since that time, the Council has met regularly to examine ways to heighten awareness and improve safety conditions at railroad crossings and to work with civic and railroad leaders to stop preventable accidents along railroad right of ways.

You can read the full story from the Daily Herald  here.

You can learn more about the DuPage County Public Transit Committee here.

Information about the DuPage Railroad Safety Council is posted here.

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