Mission Statement

New York Operation Lifesaver’s sole mission since it’s inception four decades ago has remained educating the public on railroad safety. Our trained volunteers dedicate their time in communities all across New York, teaching people how to stay safe at railroad crossings, train stations and informing them on the dangers of trespassing on railroad property.

The Operation Lifesaver movement began 50 years ago. In that time our partnership with industry, government agencies and law enforcement has helped bring down collisions between people and trains by 80%. Despite this success more needs to be done.

New York Operation Lifesaver will continue to be dedicated to:

  • Reducing collisions, fatalities and injuries at highway-rail crossings
  • Reducing injuries and fatalities due to trespassing on railroad tracks, rights of way, and railroad property like railyards
  • Providing free safety presentations by authorized volunteers to school groups, driver education classes, community audiences, professional drivers, law enforcement officers, emergency responders, and others
  • Promoting rail safety through public awareness campaigns and education initiatives

Our goal is for everyone in New York State to understand how to stay safe near railroads. Every three hours a person or vehicle is hit by a train. In 1972, the year Operation Lifesaver began, these collisions happened once every 40 minutes! We know train safety education works and that it keeps people alive.

Click here find out how to become a New York Operation Lifesaver Volunteer.