Schools on Train Safety Program

A Good Idea


This innovative program, which began in 1998, provides teachers and students with the opportunity to experience train travel via AMTRAK Cascades to educational and fun destinations throughout the school year. These destinations include visits to various museums, an aquarium, and the state capitol. Through a partnership with Operation Lifesaver's Stop, Look and Live, teachers can arrange to have an Operation Lifesaver speaker provide a presentation on train safety at the school prior to the train trip or on-board the train. Any interested school, located in Western Washington state, can take advantage of the Schools on Train Safety Program.

Goal / Mission

The goal of this program is to introduce teachers, students, and chaperones to rail and train safety, the environment, and train travel. This program targets all students from kindergarten through high school.

Results / Accomplishments

Since its inception, the Schools on Train Safety Program has reached more than 5,000 students.

About this Promising Practice

Primary Contact
Theresa Gren
Public Transportation and Rail Division
Washington State Department of Transportation
P. O. Box 47387, Olympia, Washington 98504-7387
(360) 705-7904
Education / School Resources
Transportation / Train Travel
Public Safety / Transportation Safety
Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), Operation Lifesaver, and AMTRAK
Garrett A. Morgan Technology and Transportation Futures Program
Date of implementation
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Target Audience
Children, Teens