A Back to School Reminder About Train Safety
It hardly seems possible that summer days are over and back-to-school time has arrived. As students get ready for another fantastic school year, the SFRTA would like to remind you and your family to be sure to make it a safe one! This year has proven to be a record-breaking year, both good and bad. Unfortunately, we have seen an increase in fatalities along the South Florida Rail Corridor (SFRC) over the past few months. We don’t want to add any more names to that very tragic list.
Last summer, 6 juveniles were prosecuted for not following the state statues regarding conduct along or near the railroad right-of-way. Fortunately, there have been no juvenile prosecutions this past summer. Hopefully, the safety message is getting through to young people, but a reminder as school starts is always warranted. All persons are reminded that they will be prosecuted for throwing objects at a train from the right-of-way or near the right-of-way. Remember, not only is it extremely dangerous for your kids to be on a railroad right-of-way, it is also against the law.
As per Florida State Statute 810.09 and 860.21, persons violating these statutes are subject to strict fines and/or prosecution. The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA) is already gearing up for safety and security patrols along the corridor, with cooperation from G4S, the contracted security provider, and local police departments for enforcement of the abovementioned statutes.
While staff from the SFRTA/Tri-Rail encourages you and your family to take advantage of the hundreds of fun events, festivals and attractions accessible by Tri-Rail as the cooler weather approaches, we truly hope that you keep in mind Operation Lifesaver’s message of “See Tracks, Think Train.” If you’d like more information about train safety, log onto www.SeeTracksThinkTrain.com. Always stay alert around railroad right-of-ways and always expect a train.
Thank you for your constant support of public transportation! And as always, if you see something that just doesn’t look right for some reason, say something to someone of authority. We want every student to have a great school year and a safe one.
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Thank you for your patience during service suspension
Tri-Rail trains resumed operation on Saturday, September 16, after suspending service on Friday, September 8, in anticipation of Hurricane Irma. Fares were waived between Friday, September 16 and Monday September 18, as a thank you to passengers for your patience during the days that trains were out of service.
The recovery included repairing phone lines, bringing commercial power to stations and crossings, as well as clearing the corridor of debris left by the storm and running test trains.
Our goal was to resume service as soon as inspections and operation of test trains assured us that it was safe to do so. We are grateful to you for your support and patience during this difficult time, as well as to the Tri-Rail team that worked around the clock to help restore regular service.
It is our privilege to continue to serve you.
Your SFRTA Team
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Back To School
Take your class schedule to a Tri-Rail Station Ticket Kiosk to renew or obtain a Student Discount Fare EASY Card, or visit www.tri-rail.com to request online. Then take Tri-Rail to connect to these or other educational institutions with a 50% discount on your fare.
Mangonia Park Station
West Palm Beach Station
Palm Beach Atlantic University
Lake Worth Station
Palm Beach State College
Boca Raton Station
Florida Atlantic University / Lynn University / Palm Beach State College
Cypress Creek Station
Atlantic Technical College / City College / Keiser University and University of Phoenix
Fort Lauderdale Station
Broward College / Florida Atlantic University / The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport Station at Dania Beach
Broward College / Florida Atlantic University / McFatter Technical Center / Nova Southeastern University / University of Florida Davie Campus
Sheridan Street Station
Sheridan Technical College
Florida Memorial College / Miami-Dade College / St. Thomas University
Metrorail Transfer Station and Miami Airport Station
Florida International University / Miami-Dade College / Miami International University of Art & Design / University of Miami
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SFRTA Receives Award for Financial Report
The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting was awarded to the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority by Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada for its comprehensive annual financial report. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the areas of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.
GFOA is a major professional association servicing the needs of nearly 19,000 appointed and elected local, state, and provincial-level government officials and other finance practitioners. It provides top quality publications, training programs, services, and products designed to enhance the skills and performance of those responsible for government finance policy and management. The association is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, with offices in Washington, D.C.
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SFRTA Takes Top Honors at COMTO Annual Conference
The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA) won two prestigious awards at the annual national gathering of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO), held recently in Detroit, MI. SFRTA Executive Director Jack Stephens was named Corporate Executive of the year at the Conference. The Reverend Jerry Moore “President’s Leadership” award was given to Loraine Cargill, Manager of the SFRTA Planning and Capital Development. In addition, the COMTO Fort Lauderdale Chapter won the award for Best COMTO Community Engagement.
Jack Stephens was named Executive Director of the SFRTA in 2014, after serving as the Agency’s Deputy Executive Director for more than a decade. During his tenure with the Authority, it has grown to 50 trains a day during weekdays and 30 trains a day on weekends, has successfully completed the double tracking of the South Florida Rail Corridor, and has embarked on a collaboration with All Aboard Florida to bring Tri-Rail service directly into downtown Miami. A native of Georgia, he spent more than a decade in senior management at the Metropolitan Atlanta Regional Transportation Authority. Stephens has shown leadership, commitment, and a dedication to supporting COMTO’s mission at both the local and national levels since the inception of the Fort Lauderdale Chapter in 2008. The make-up of the SFRTA staff, including senior management, is a testament to his commitment to creating a diverse workplace.
Loraine Cargill has been with the SFRTA for more than 20 years, working her way up from being an intern in the Planning Department to being named Manager of Planning and Capital Development in 2013. She has served as President of COMTO Fort Lauderdale for the past 3 years and was Vice President of the chapter for two years prior to that. Her commitment to COMTO goes as far back as 2000, when she joined the organization. She was one of the founding members of the Fort Lauderdale Chapter.
The Best COMTO Community Engagement award is presented to an active COMTO Chapter that has successfully demonstrated excellence in the planning and implementation of community activities or events that enhance COMTO’s image. Among the many events annually sponsored by COMTO Fort Lauderdale are the Scholarship Awards Luncheon, the Garrett A. Morgan Shadow Day where the Chapter exposes students to careers and opportunities in the transportation industry, the Annual Small & Disadvantaged Business Forum, along with professional development events for its members. The mission of the COMTO Fort Lauderdale Chapter is to strengthen the position of minorities by supporting members to grow into leadership positions and assisting communities in the areas of education and awareness of the transportation industry.
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US Rail Safety Week September 24-30, 2017
Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI), the national rail safety education nonprofit, is working in partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation and other organizations nationwide to observe the first national Rail Safety Week, September 24-30, 2017.
As OLI celebrates its 45th year in 2017, launching a national Rail Safety Week fits with its ongoing mission of reducing collisions, fatalities and injuries at highway-rail crossings and preventing trespassing on or near railroad tracks.
While the number of highway-rail crossing collisions, deaths and injuries has dropped over the past five decades, it’s still a startling fact that about every three hours in the U.S., a person or vehicle is hit by a train. The goal of RSW is to raise awareness across the United States of the need for rail safety education and empower the general public to keep themselves safe near highway-rail grade crossings and railroad rights-of-way.
Together, we can save families and communities from enduring these heartbreaking tragedies.
Get social for Rail Safety Week! Use the #USRailSafetyWeek or #Railsafety hashtags!
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