2012 Right of Way Fatality and Trespass Prevention Workshop

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Trespassing along railroad and transit rights-of-way is the leading cause of rail-related deaths in America. Nationally, more than 550 trespass fatalities and nearly as many injuries occur each year. The vast majority of these are preventable. Most railroad and rail transit trespassers are pedestrians who use railroad tracks as a shortcut.

In 2008, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) sponsored the first Right of Way (ROW) Fatality and Trespass Prevention Workshop. This workshop was the first to bring together multiple rail constituents including transit, freight, and commuter rail to focus on common problems and solutions surrounding ROW fatality and trespass prevention.

Based on the success from the 2008 workshop, the FRA and the FTA will sponsor “2012 ROW Fatality and Trespass Prevention Workshop” on August 14–16, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri, at the Sheraton St. Louis City Center Hotel and Suites. The goal of this free workshop is to share existing industry leading practices and explore new strategies that the rail industry could pursue to reduce the number of right-of-way and trespasser incidents and fatalities.

The conference agenda will cover these six key areas:
• Community Outreach
• Enforcement
• Hazard Management
• Design, Technology and Infrastructure
• Pedestrian Issues
• Intentional Deaths / Acts

The complete agenda may be found at http://www.fra.dot.gov/conference/trespass2012/agenda.shtml.

There is no registration fee for this conference. To register, please go to http://www.fra.dot.gov/conference/trespass2012/register.aspx.

Hotel reservations can be made anytime by visiting Sheraton St. Louis City Center Hotel and Suites at https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/StarGroupsWeb/booking/reservation?id=1112064938&key=E0299. The conference hotel room rate will be applicable on August 13–17, 2012.

For further information, contact Region 10’s Susan Fletcher at 206-220-7514 or email susan.fletcher@dot.gov.



R.F. Krochalis
Regional Administrator