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HRT launches Rail Safety Campaign

Norfolk, VA – Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) launched its Operation Lifesaver Safety Campaign today, just in time for a busy summer festival season in the City of Norfolk.

HRT received $20,000 from Operation Lifesaver to promote light rail safety from June through September of this year. The agency was one of six agencies across the nation to receive this funding and received the highest award amongst all agencies.

“It’s the third time we’ve received this grant and we’re very proud of that accomplishment. HRT operates one of the safest light rail systems in the country. Since The Tide has been in service, we’ve experienced no serious injuries, and we would like to keep it that way.”
-William Harrell, President and CEO of Hampton Roads Transit

The safety campaign kicked off with a train wrap unveiling on Monday, June 5 at the Norfolk Tide Facility. This wrapped Tide train will run throughout the City of Norfolk until mid-September, sharing important safety reminders with riders, drivers and pedestrians. HRT will also install artwork in various points along the Tide route with safety messages and work closely with local restaurants, businesses and residential properties to provide education on rail safety.

“Educating the public about being safe near railroad tracks is a shared responsibility,” said Tracey Lamb, Virginia State Coordinator for Operation Lifesaver. “OLI has programs in 47 states including Virginia. Partners like Hampton Roads Transit are ensuring the message ‘See Tracks? Think Train!’ is reaching as many people as possible, as shown with the unveiling of their train wrap today.”

Virginia State Delegate Shelly Simonds, VA House District 094, and John Stevensons, Norfolk’s Director of Transit also spoke at the event.

Operation Lifesaver, Inc. Is a non-profit committed to preventing collisions, injuries and fatalities on and around railroad tracks and highway-rail grade crossings, with the support of public education programs in states across the U.S. For more information about Operation Lifesaver, visit Operation Lifesaver.