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  • Around 45 countries on board to celebrate the 14th edition of the global ILCAD campaign on 9 June 2022

    On 9 June 2022, 160 delegates shared best practices on level crossing safety at the UIC international conference to launch the 14th edition of ILCAD hosted by AAR/FRA/OLI at the Cable Center, Denver (CO, USA).

    The terrible collision that happened on 27 June 2022 in the State of Missouri (USA) involving a train carrying nearly 300 people that hit a dump truck at an unprotected crossing (no barriers, no lights), causing several cars to derail and injuring 150 people and killing 4 (the truck driver and three passengers), reminds us all that we shall never give up our battle to increase safety at level crossings and stop track tragedies.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/27/us/amtrak-truck-crash-missouri.html

    Our thoughts are with all those affected by this tragic incident in Missouri, including those who lost their lives, the passengers, their families, the train crew members, first responders and the Mendon, Missouri community. This heart-breaking incident is a sad reminder that a vehicle or person is hit by a train every three hours in the US.” said OLI Executive Director Rachel Maleh.

    Of course, UIC and the whole rail community share Rachel Maleh's thoughts.

    There are about half a million level crossings worldwide: over 100,000 in the EU and approximately 204,000 in the United States; of these 140,000 are on public roads.

    Closing all level crossings or upgrading them with barriers and/or lights would take an exceedingly long time. 100 years would not be enough, as it would be very expensive and in many cases, impossible. Moreover, even with these protections, people still make mistakes, whether intentionally or unintentionally.

    Engineering and innovative solutions, Education and Enforcement have together improved safety at grade crossings over the past decades. But the actions of Education and awareness must be constantly repeated to raise the awareness of the general public of the risks they can encounter at and around tracks. This is why ILCAD exists globally and annually, in addition to all existing national initiatives to address communities, media, local and national authorities, and the road sector.

    Each year new countries participate in ILCAD, and this year we welcomed Congo Brazzaville and Angola.

    Indeed, regardless of our country, our culture and our language, we face the same challenges every day and we have the same objective: “Working together to save lives!

    On 9 June, many actions were carried out in different countries around the world to secure level crossings, targeting “vulnerable users” with the slogan: “Don't put your life at risk, stay away from tracks!

    Next year we might use a different slogan to target another sector of the public.

    Save the date for the 15th edition of ILCAD on 8 June 2023.

    ILCAD 2023 will be launched at a conference hosted in Warsaw, Poland, at the kind invitation of the PKP Group Foundation. On 7 June there will also be the 2nd edition of the Trespass and Suicide Prevention, followed by technical/social events on 9 June 2023.

    Watch the ILCAD 2022 video, which collates CCTV footage of inappropriate behaviour at level crossings in English, French and Spanish.

    Discover additional level crossing safety and trespass prevention videos here:

    Find more information on the ILCAD website: www.ilcad.org

    #ilcad #UICRail #saferlc #restrail #olinational #AAR_freightrail #USDOT_FRA #education #awareness #TrespassSuicidePrevention

    Here are some examples of activities carried out by countries taking part in ILCAD 2022:

    Angola
    https://www.railwaysafrica.com/news/caminho-de-ferro-de-luanda-international-level-crossing-awareness-day-celebrations


    Cameroon
    https://www.237online.com/camrail-engagee-dans-la-protection-des-usagers-et-riverains-contre-les-dangers-aux-passages-a-niveau-et-aux-abords-des-rails/


    Gabon
    https://www.union.sonapresse.com/gabon-economie/securite-ferroviaire-setrag-lance-la-phase-2-de-la-campagne-de-sensibilisation-25094


    South Africa
    https://www.railwaysafrica.com/news/international-level-crossing-awareness-day-ilcad-9-june-2022
    https://www.iol.co.za/capeargus/news/call-to-prioritise-level-crossing-safety-and-end-preventable-deaths-1fd604eb-1659-416d-85ca-c5337e50ceab?utm_term=Autofeed&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1654866500


    Argentina

    Argentina:

    • A law was proposed by Congressman Dr Alberto Conocchiari to the Honourable Chamber of Deputies of the Province of Buenos Aires, in order to institutionalise the “Level Crossing Awareness Week”. The bill was adopted by the Chamber of Deputies on 6 April 2022.
    • ILCAD Conference in Spanish at the UTN-BA in Buenos Aires on 9 June, Isabelle Fonverne's online presentation: https://youtu.be/th9FStrJJ5U



    FFE, Spain: Training session with a team of volunteers


    ÖBB employees engaging with motorists to highlight the potential dangers near level crossings.
    Image: ÖBB


    Greece


    “ILCAD 2022 campaign: control on the Lake Balaton main line”
    Hungary: https://youtu.be/F4rBIJKe9xc


    Rep. of Irland


    Italy
    https://finanza.repubblica.it/News/2022/06/09/ferrovie_dello_stato_14esima_edizione_ilcad_la_sicurezza_ai_passaggi_a_livello-127/


    Poland
    70% of all accidents at railway crossings in Poland are caused by drivers
    Photo: Michał Adamowski
    Reporter: INTERIA.PL



    India


    UBTZ, Mongolia


    USA


    Mexico

    For further information, please contact Isabelle Fonverne, Senior Safety Advisor at: fonverne@uic.org

  • On 9 June 2022, four keynote speakers welcomed the 160 delegates and officially opened the international conference to launch the 14th edition of ILCAD at the Cable Center, Denver, CO (USA).

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    François Davenne, Director General of the International Union of Railways (UIC), opened proceedings, saying:
    International Level Crossing Awareness Day (ILCAD) is a worldwide initiative to improve awareness of level crossing safety. Since 2009, the campaign has been spearheaded by UIC, the worldwide railway organisation, with the support of the railway community around the world.
    Around 50 countries usually take part in the ILCAD annual campaign. Consequently, you are not alone in a congress room today to exchange on level crossing safety. UIC estimates that there are half a million level (grade) crossings in the world, with over 100,000 in the EU and over 200,000 in the USA, representing 20% and 40% of the total number of level crossings in the world, respectively.

    Jennifer Mitchell, Deputy Administrator at Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), continued:
    On behalf of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and FRA Administrator Amit Bose, thank you for being here. We're proud to co-host this year's ILCAD with UIC, the Association of American Railroads and Operation Lifesaver, Inc.
    It's astounding to consider that there are about half a million level crossings worldwide. Here in the US, train tracks and roadways intersect at over 200,000 locations. Nearly 140,000 of those level crossings are at public roads.


    Jeff Moller, Assistant to the President at the Association of American Railroads (AAR), added:
    Highway-rail grade crossing safety and trespass prevention are both intractable problems, the solution to which lies not with a single entity, but with all of us – regulators, railroads, communities, drivers and pedestrians. Solving this problem will be at or near the top of the long list of great accomplishments of this industry. ILCAD and other events like this provide an opportunity to take another step closer to the solution.

    Jo E. Strang, Senior Vice President of American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) & Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI), said:
    I have the distinct pleasure of supporting safety in the freight railroad industry from two different vantage points – that of the small business railroads, more commonly referred to as “short lines”, and from the public point of view as Chairman of the Board of Operation Lifesaver. Safety is personal because short lines are small business owners, and we live and work in the communities we serve.

    It is a fact that the largest areas of risk in train-related deaths and injuries come from trespassing and suicide. Many of these incidents happen at grade crossings. These incidents are tragic for all involved, from the train crew to the families impacted and the community. As we celebrate our 50th year, OLI is focused on Education to keep the public safe around the tracks and railway crossings all across the country. Engineering technologies play a critical role in helping to minimise and reduce those collision risks. Finally, Enforcement. It's critical that when highway-rail intersection collisions do occur, law enforcement officers, often the first responders, are familiar with both railroad operations and highway-rail grade crossing conditions. OLI offers a special course to teach officers how to ensure their personal safety, both while responding to rail collision incidents and throughout the investigation.

    In conclusion, our industry is safe and getting safer. Collectively, we will not rest until every employee comes home safely every day.”

    The first session of the conference was moderated by Dr Patrick Sherry, Professor, University of Denver, USA and featured the two following speakers:

    • Mike Long, Director of Regional Operations of FRA, USA: “Multi-Agency Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Safety Action Team Bringing the Pieces of the Puzzle Together
    • Kerry-Lynn Mohr, Rail Safety Specialist at the City of Ottawa, Canada, and Nicole Jackson, Senior Project Manager at Alfred Benesch & Company: “Stopped with no place to go

    The second session was moderated by Allan Spence, Director of Regulator Liaison, Network Rail and Chair of the UIC Global Level Crossing Network (GLCN), and featured:

    • Asim Zaman, Project Engineer, Rutgers University, USA: “Artificial Intelligence Aided Quiet Zone Grade Crossing Trespassing Detection and Data Analytics
    • Elizabeth Veinott, Associate Professor, Michigan Technological University, USA: “Connected Vehicles and In-vehicle alerts for improving Crossing Safety: Preliminary Evaluations of Human Perceptions on New Technologies
    • Dr Surya Sarat Chandra Congress, Senior Research Engineer, Texas A&M University, USA: “Evaluation of At-grade Railroad Crossing Safety using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles-based Close-Range Photogrammetry (UAV-CRP) Technology

    The third session had Debra Chappell, Transportation Specialist, Highway-Rail Crossing and Trespasser Programs Division at US DOT as a moderator and featured:

    • Isabelle Fonverne, on behalf of Vincent Godeau, Advisor, INFRABEL, Belgium: “The Warning Box
    • Robert Wainwright, Level Crossing Manager, Network Rail, UK: “Managing the safety of people to whom we owe a greater duty of care at level crossings
    • Marina Santapaola, Coordinator of external and investigation training at the Argentinian Transport Safety Board (Junta de Seguridad en el Transporte – JST): “Overview of level crossing safety in Argentina

    The fourth session was moderated by Rachel Maleh, Executive Director of Operation Lifesaver, Inc.

    • Sanja Paic, President, Safety Guru Institute for the promotion of Traffic Culture and Safety and Mr Drazen, Doctor of Science, Croatia: “How vulnerable groups are formed
    • Dr Danijela Baric, Associate Professor, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences, Croatia: “Virtual Reality as a technology that helps to educate and change attitudes of learning drivers toward safety at level crossings
    • Moriah Whiteman, Manager of Education, Training and Volunteer Support, Operation Lifesaver, Inc., USA: “Emerging Learners: Preparing the next Generation for Safety

    Finally, in the fifth and last session, there were two interesting and moving presentations from:

    • Andy Elkins, Director of the BOE/AAR (Bureau or Explosives / Association of American Railroads), USA who described his first level crossing accident-related experience as a young police officer: “The night that changed 1000 lives
    • Charlie Mathewson, RISC Consultant for Operation Lifesaver, Inc., USA: “Railroad Investigation and Safety Course (RISC) – Keeping Law Enforcement Safe in a Rail Environment

    Isabelle Fonverne, UIC Safety Senior Advisor and ILCAD Coordinator, informed the delegates of the current level crossing safety activities being carried out today in various countries around the globe and revealed the next ILCAD launch conference location: Warsaw, Poland, at the kind invitation of the PKP Group Foundation.

    Allan Spence, Director of Regulator Liaison, Network Rail and Chair of the UIC Global Level Crossing Network (GLCN), finally wrapped up the very successful 2022 events.

    Lastly, on 10 June all delegates were invited to travel on the BNSF Executive Business train to Pueblo Union Depot and given the great opportunity to enjoy a technical visit to the US Transportation Technology Center (TTC) in Pueblo (https://ttc-ensco.com), including a tour and presentations from the FRA, MxV (formerly TTCI) and SERTC (https://sertc.org/). To finish, there was an optional visit to the LBFoster Campus for a tour and presentations on level crossing safety technologies and innovations (https://lbfoster.com/en).

    See you all next year on 7 June (2nd edition of the Trespass and Suicide Prevention), 8 June (15th edition of ILCAD) and 9 June 2023 (technical and social events).

    Watch the ILCAD 2022 video, which collates CCTV footage of inappropriate behaviour at level crossings: English

    The video is also available in French, Spanish, Hungarian and Polish

    Discover additional level crossing safety and trespass prevention videos here:
    ILCAD 2022 YouTube playlist
    TRESPASS PREVENTION 2022 YouTube playlist

    Press releases:
    UIC: https://uic.org/com/IMG/pdf/final_ilcad_press_release_2022_may_20_en.pdf
    AAR: https://mailchi.mp/aar.org/freight-rail-update-the-signal-2-174049?e=abb0c9673d
    OLI: https://oli.org/about-us/news/operation-lifesaver-celebrates-50-years-rail-safety-education-welcomes-50th
    LBFOSTER: https://lbfoster.com/en/news/details/2022-05-26-lb-foster-to-host-delegates-from-20-countries-at-ilcad-22

    ILCAD website: www.ilcad.org

    #ilcad #UICRail #saferlc #restrail #olinational #AAR_freightrail #USDOT_FRA #education #awareness #TrespassSuicidePrevention

    For further information, please contact Isabelle Fonverne, Senior Safety Advisor at: fonverne@uic.org

  • Immensely successful ILCAD events in Denver (Colorado), USA, from 8 to 10 June 2022

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    The three days of events, running from 8 to 10 June in Denver (Colorado), USA, were hosted by the Association of American Railroads (AAR), the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI) and started on 8 June at Union Station in Denver.

    The 160 delegates included academics, researchers, transport and safety agencies, and human factors, enforcement and awareness specialists from both the rail and road sectors and came from Europe, Argentina, Mexico, Canada and the United States.

    Events were kicked off by Karl Alexy, Associate Administrator for Railroad Safety & Chief Safety Officer of Federal Railroad Administration (FRA); Jo Strang, Senior Vice President of American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) & Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI); Rachel Maleh, Executive Director of Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI); and Isabelle Fonverne, UIC Senior Advisor.

    They thanked Amtrak and Operation Lifesaver, Inc. for inviting the group to admire a wonderful Amtrak locomotive which had been specially customised to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Operation Lifesaver and took a break from travelling across the United States railway network to come to Denver just for the ILCAD 2022 events.
    The OLI striking slogan: “See tracks, Think trains!”

    On 8 June, delegates gathered at the Colorado Railroad Museum in Denver for the 1st edition of the international Trespass and Suicide Prevention Session

    We had the honour of welcoming three US keynote speakers:

    Karl Alexy, Associate Administrator for Railroad Safety & Chief Safety Officer of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), USA:
    Trespassing and Suicide Prevention is a global issue. We must target the concerned people by addressing them tailored safety messages. […] to better tackle these issues the most important thing is to involve local people (elected officials, community planners, shopkeepers, etc.) and the media. Having better and more accurate data, and better collaboration between all concerned agencies is also key to success.”

    NB

    https://www.railwayage.com/regulatory/fra-awarding-2mm-in-trespass-suicide-prevention-grants

    The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) distributes more than $2 million in Railroad Trespassing Enforcement Grants and Railroad Trespassing Suicide Prevention Grants to 25 law enforcement projects in 13 states.

    On 13 June, the FRA reported that the grants are targeted toward “communities and states with a high incidence of rail trespass-related incidents and casualties”, and are part of the agency's efforts to reduce the approximately 400 trespass fatalities that occur around the country each year, almost all of which are preventable. Noting that rail suicides often involve railroad trespassing as well, the FRA reported that from 2016-2021, an average of more than 236 people died by suicide within the US rail system each year, in addition to at least another 27 individuals injured in suicide attempts annually.

    Thomas B. Chapman, Board Member of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), USA:
    NTSB publishes all kinds of reports, studies and safety recommendations for all transport modes including on grade crossing and trespass accidents' investigations whose results are shared with other agencies. Humans make mistakes; technologies and level crossing designs can help users to cross safely. Planners and engineers shall work all together to make a safe system. A safe system approach of the road infrastructure can be applied to grade crossings. As far as trespass is concerned, too often, those who are struck and killed by trains near or on the tracks could have avoided putting their lives in such perilous danger. The vast majority of trespass fatalities occurring each year are preventable.”

    Joseph P. DeLorenzo, Associate Administrator for Transit Safety and Oversight and Chief Safety Officer at Federal Transit Administration (FTA), USA:
    Collaboration between all stakeholders and agencies is the key to improve safety. FTA has a major partnership with OLI, which includes safety awareness, education campaigns, new drivers' programmes, etc. According to the WHO: close to 800,000 people die each year as a result of suicide. This is one death every 40 seconds. Beyond this, suicide has a ripple effect that impacts others; we estimate there to be 135 people who suffer from one person who commits suicide, and these can be train drivers, family, friends, colleagues, etc.”


    Then we had prominent speakers presenting in three different sessions.

    The first session was moderated by Dr Ann Mills, Professional Head of LHSBR Delivery at RSSB, GB and Chair of the UIC TreSP-Network and featured the three following speakers:

    • Dr Danijela Baric, Associate Professor, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences, Croatia: “Overview of the railway suicide and trespass problems in Croatia
    • Hilary Konczal, Chief Safety & Environmental Officer, METRA Commuter Railroad, USA: “Mental Health & Suicide Awareness Trespasser Prevention Initiatives
    • Dr Patrick Sherry, Professor, University of Denver, USA: “Preventing Rail Trespasser Suicide: An Ecological Approach

    The second session was moderated by Danielle Hiltunen, Engineering Psychologist | Transportation Human Factors, Volpe Center (United States Dept of Transportation), USA, and featured:

    • Katarzyna Kucharek, CEO PKP Group Foundation and Vice Chair of the Global Level Crossing Network (UIC WG): “Trespassing and suicides on railway tracks in Poland
    • Robert Wainwright, Level Crossing Manager, Network Rail: “How to influence decisions to trespass in GB
    • Jennifer DeAngelis, Director of Communications & Marketing, Operation Lifesaver, Inc.: “Shifting Perspectives – Empowering Safe Choices Around Railroad Tracks and Trains

    The last session was moderated by Dr Karen Elizabeth Philbrick, Executive Director Mineta Transportation Institute, USA, and featured:

    • Dr Richard Washington, District 5 Highway Grade Crossing and Trespass Prevention Inspector/Manager at the FRA, USA: “Trespassing, Vandalism and Derailments
    • Jeffery Warner, Associate Research Scientist, Texas A&M Transportation Institute, USA: “Strategies to deter trespassing on rail transit and commuter rail systems
    • Henry Posner, Chairman of the Iowa Interstate railroad and Railroad Development Corporation: “Graffiti: an industry problem with community solutions

    Barbara Klein Barr, Director, International Programs at Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and Chair of the UIC North American region concluded the 8 June session, sharing the striking message of the day: “All together we can be stronger!

    Press releases:
    UIC: https://uic.org/com/IMG/pdf/final_ilcad_press_release_2022_may_20_en.pdf
    AAR: https://mailchi.mp/aar.org/freight-rail-update-the-signal-2-174049?e=abb0c9673d
    OLI: https://oli.org/about-us/news/operation-lifesaver-celebrates-50-years-rail-safety-education-welcomes-50th
    LBFOSTER: https://lbfoster.com/en/news/details/2022-05-26-lb-foster-to-host-delegates-from-20-countries-at-ilcad-22

    ILCAD website: www.ilcad.org

    For further information, please contact Isabelle Fonverne, Senior Safety Advisor at: fonverne@uic.org

  • One week to ILCAD, International Level Crossing Awareness Day (ILCAD) campaign and launch conference 9 June 2022

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    International Level Crossing Awareness Day (ILCAD) is a worldwide initiative to improve awareness of level crossing safety. Since 2009 the campaign has been spearheaded by UIC, the worldwide railway organisation, with the support of the railway community around the world.

    During the Covid-19 pandemic most countries experienced an increase in inappropriate behaviour by pedestrians, cyclists and vulnerable people both at level crossings and on and around railway tracks, resulting in a corresponding increase in near misses. Consequently, the ILCAD host countries decided to focus the messaging this year on vulnerable people with the slogan: “Don't put your life at risk, stay away from tracks!”.

    Discover additional posters and videos released in English, French, Spanish and German with level crossing safety and trespass prevention awareness messages.

    On the occasion of ILCAD 2022, since we aware vulnerable people on the existing risks at level crossings, it was decided to use again the ILCAD video 2016 "Do no overestimate your abilities“, that was jointly produced with Latvian railways. The video is available in English, French, Spanish, Greek and Italian.

    We would like to thank #NETWORK Rail for sharing this video on trespass prevention “Parallel lines – You Versus Train in English that we translated in French and Spanish.

    Every time someone trespasses on the railway they risk everything that matters to them. But there's a wider impact too. A long-lasting effect on the trespasser, their families, those who work on the railway, and our communities too.

    Follow us, next week, two other videos and posters (available in English, Spanish, French and German) will be released. Should you wish to join the campaign and use our communication supports please contact us quickly.

    It is also still possible to register to the conference: https://ilcad.org/ilcad/launch-conference

    Nota bene
    In 2022 the international conference to launch the 14th ILCAD campaign will be hosted by the Association of American Railroads (AAR), the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI) on 9 June in Denver, Colorado (USA), preceded for the first time by a special session on trespass and suicide prevention on 8 June.

    #ilcad #UICRail #saferlc #restrail #olinational #AAR_freightrail #USDOT_FRA #education #awareness #TrespassSuicidePrevention
    www.ilcad.org

    For further information, please contact Isabelle Fonverne, Senior Safety Advisor at: fonverne@uic.org