Conference Summary

Covere of conference brochure Trespassing along railroad rights-of-way (ROW) is the leading cause of rail-related deaths. Nationally, more than 500 preventable trespass fatalities and nearly as many injuries occur each year, and most involve pedestrians.

Based on the successful 2008 and 2012 ROW Fatality and Trespass Prevention Workshops, the U.S. Department of Transportation (US DOT) Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) sponsored a third national workshop on August 4-6, 2015 in Charlotte, NC.

The workshop consisted of a varied program presented by rail experts and safety professionals who shared their ideas on key issues, best practices, technical developments, human behavior, law enforcement, and public education and awareness outreach methods and techniques related to trespass prevention. The participants represented Federal, State, and local governments, freight and passenger railroads, transit agencies, labor unions, academia, non-profit organizations, and consultants. The workshop concluded with the development of 24 high priority recommended actions across five topic areas.

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