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Forum : Trains and Trespassing: Ending Tragic Encounters
NTSB Board Room
3/24/2015 9:00 AM


Forum: Trains and Trespassing: Ending Tragic Encounters

March 24-25, 2015

The forum is scheduled from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on day 1 and 9:00 am to 12:00 pm on day 2.
Located at the NTSB Conference Center in Washington, DC or viewable by webcast.

The National Transportation Safety Board will hold a public forum March 24-25 on the dangers of trespassing on the railroad right-of-way.

While railroad tracks have long held a cultural resonance with Americans, featured in motion pictures, TV shows, music videos and photography, they are private property.  And they can be a deadly place. In 2013, 476 people were killed and 432 were injured in trespassing accidents, according to preliminary data from the Federal Railroad Administration.

The forum, Trains and Trespassing: Ending Tragic Encounters, will be chaired by NTSB Board Member Robert L. Sumwalt. It will feature speakers who have been seriously injured by trains; those whose communities have been affected; and railroad employee assistance program employees whose train crews have struck people on railroad property. The forum will draw on the expertise of railroads, regulators, and researchers, among others, to review the diversity of trespassing accidents and incidents and look at current and future prevention strategies.

The forum will focus on the following:

  • Effects of Trespasser Accidents
  • Diversity of Trespasser Accidents and Incidents
  • Trespasser Prevention Strategies
  • Challenges to Trespasser Prevention
  • Moving Prevention Forward

Presenters will include regulators, researchers, and representatives from the rail and rail transit industries. There will also be presentations from individuals who were personally affected by rail trespassing.

The forum will be held at the NTSB's Board Room and Conference Center, located at 429 L'Enfant Plaza, S.W., Washington, D.C. However, on March 25, the forum will include a tour of Norfolk Southern’s safety train at Union Station.

The public can view the forum in person or by live webcast on the NTSB's website.

NTSB public events are also streamed live via webcast. Webcasts are archived for a period of three months from the time of the meeting. Webcast archives are generally available by the end of the event day for public meetings, and by the end of the next day for technical conferences.

If you wish to obtain a copy of NTSB meetings, please contact the NTSB Records Management Division at (202) 314-6551 or 800-877-6799. You may also request this information from the NTSB web site or write the following: National Transportation Safety Board, Records Management Division (CIO-40), 490 L'Enfant Plaza, SW, Washington, DC 20594.

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