September 25, 2019
Kansas City, Mo., September 25, 2019. The Kansas City Southern Railway Company (KCSR) and local law enforcement will conduct an Officer on a Train event on September 26 starting at 7 a.m. at the Thomas Road crossing in Monroe, La., in recognition of Rail Safety Week. The media spokesperson at this event will be Louisiana Operation Lifesaver executive director Claude Maher.
In an Officer on a Train event, KCSR works with local law enforcement to bring officers into a locomotive cab for a unique, real-time perspective of motorist and pedestrian activity as a train moves through the community. Meanwhile, other law enforcement officers are stationed along the railroad right of way, watching for crossing and trespasser violations and issuing citations.
KCSR is a staunch supporter of Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI), a non-profit organization founded in 1972 and dedicated to rail safety public education. OLI’s mission is to reduce collisions, fatalities and injuries at highway-rail crossings and prevent trespassing on or near railroad tracks.
This KCS event is being held on September 26 as part of Operation Clear Track, a national railroad crossing enforcement effort in the U.S. and Canada during Rail Safety Week. During these events, local, state, federal and railroad police stationed at railroad grade crossing and trespassing incident locations will hand out safety materials to motorists and pedestrians and enforce crossing and trespass laws.
Rail Safety Week is September 22-28, 2019 in the U.S. and September 23-29 in Canada. OLI works in partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation and other organizations to observe Rail Safety Week each year. The goal of Rail Safety Week is to raise awareness of the need for rail safety education and empower the public to keep themselves safe near highway-rail grade crossings and railroad rights-of-way. The first U.S. Rail Safety Week was held in September 2017, as OLI celebrated its 45th year.
Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., Kansas City Southern (KCS) (NYSE: KSU) is a transportation holding company that has railroad investments in the U.S., Mexico and Panama. Its primary U.S. holding is KCSR, serving the central and south central U.S. Its international holdings include Kansas City Southern de Mexico, S.A. de C.V., serving northeastern and central Mexico and the port cities of Lázaro Cárdenas, Tampico and Veracruz, and a 50 percent interest in Panama Canal Railway Company, providing ocean-to-ocean freight and passenger service along the Panama Canal. KCS’ North American rail holdings and strategic alliances are primary components of a unique railway system linking the commercial and industrial centers of the U.S., Mexico and Canada.
KCSR: C. Doniele Carlson, 816-983-1372
Louisiana OL: Claude Maher
OLI: Chantez Bailey