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DART Rail Safety Campaign Reaches Out to Homeless

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) recently launched an outreach campaign with Operation Lifesaver Inc. (OLI) and local advocates for the homeless community to talk about dangers the homeless can face around rail tracks. DART used funds from an OLI grant to support this effort; the other 10 grant recipients are preparing public awareness and safety education projects with different emphases.

“Operation Lifesaver tells us, about every three hours a person or a vehicle is hit by a freight or passenger train in the U.S. That’s too many,” said DART President and Executive Director Gary Thomas.

OLI emphasizes the importance of rail safety with its “See Tracks? Think Train!” campaign. DART is using that message to engage persons who are homeless about the risks of walking on tracks and setting up campgrounds near rail right-of-way.

Introducing DART’s rail safety outreach to the homeless community during ceremonies at Dallas Union Station, from left: DART President and Executive Director Gary Thomas, Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance President and CEO Mike Faenza, and DART customer and advocate for the homeless Ricky Redd.

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