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Operation Lifesaver

Program explanation

Operation Lifesaver is a non-profit, international continuing public education program first established in 1972 to end collisions, deaths and injuries at places where roadways cross train tracks, and on railroad rights-of-way.


Operation Lifesaver programs are sponsored cooperatively by federal, state, and local government agencies; highway safety organizations, and the nation’s railroads.


In Alaska, the Alaska Railroad Corporation sponsors all acitivities associated with the Operation Lifesaver Alaska (OL-AK) chapter.



For more information on Operation Lifesaver in Alaska contact Dwight West at 265-2691.

Operation Lifesaver Website


Track Wise: 2013 Summer Rail Safety CampaignPeople Mover Bus with Rail Safety sign

May 11, 2013, marks the kick-off of a premier summer safety campaign to enhance the Operation Lifesaver rail safety program in Alaska.  In concert with OL-AK, Alaska Railroad coordinators and volunteers have a number of events and promotional efforts planned May through September, when passenger and freight train traffic is at its busiest in Alaska. Dubbed “Track Wise: Alaska Railroad Summer Safety Campaign” the initiative includes two tiers, with the level of activity dependent upon funding.  OL-AK has applied for an OLI grant program that will announce recipients by June 30.  Click on the flyer below for details:

pdf icon  Track Wise: Summer Rail Safety Campaign Flyer

pdf icon  Summer Rail Safety Campaign Press Release

An element of the campaign includes a children's art contest, called "Rail Safety: Picture it." The contest kicked off on May 18, which is also National Safe Kids Day.  Children in three age categories (pre-school through kindergarten; first through sixth grade; and junior-senior high school) are encouraged to submit artwork that illustrates rail safety tips. Entries are due by July 5, with winners announced by mid-July.  Prizes will be awarded in each of the three age categories. Prizes include free rail travel for groups of 4 and 2 people. 

pdf icon  Children's Art Contest Winners

pdf icon  Children's Art Contest Flyer

pdf icon  Children's Art Contest Rules and Instructions

pdf icon  Children's Art Contest Entry Form

pdf icon  News Release on Children's Art Contest

Promoting bicyclist rail safety is another aspect of the campaign. Outreach includes distribution of a Rail Safety flyer aimed at recreational and commuting bicyclists to bicycle shops and in support of bike-to-work campaigns and efforts.

pdf icon Bicycle Safety Flyer-2 page version

pdf icon Bicycle Safety Flyer-1 page version