U.P. Railroad announces grants to support community railroad safety initiatives

By on May 31, 2013

OMAHA, NEB.—Union Pacific Railroad recently announced a grant program for community railroad safety initiatives. Grants ranging from $500 to $5,000 will be provided to support initiatives that enhance railroad safety in Union Pacific communities.

Grant-funded initiatives may include, but are not limited to:
• School safety days
• Community safety programs
• Grade crossing education efforts
• Law enforcement activities
• Railroad safety advocacy

The grant program is part of the “U.P. Cares” public safety initiative that promotes pedestrian and driver safety through a variety of outreach channels:

• Grade crossing education and enforcement, during which motorists violating rail crossing signage and laws are educated about the dangers of such actions. Related “positive enforcement” initiatives reward drivers who operate safely at grade crossings.

• Safety trains, hosting local law enforcement, media and public officials and providing them the opportunity to ride in the locomotive cab and see traffic violations from a locomotive engineer’s point of view. This also allows Union Pacific to connect with community leaders and help them better understand the railroad’s safety focus.

• Communication blitzes, which educate the public via community events, media outreach and paid advertising. Media outreach coincides with safety trains in UP communities.

For more information about the program, including the online application and an educational video about the grant program, visit UnionPacificCares.com.