Union Pacific CARES
The Mayor's Youth Taskforce raised rail safety awareness at a South St. Paul, Minnesota, parade with a float carrying the remains of a pick-up truck that collided with a freight train. The Union Pacific Foundation's Community Ties Giving Program supports community-driven rail safety projects encouraging safe behavior and accident prevention.
Union Pacific cares about the communities we serve and partners with organizations to promote rail safety. Our Crossing Accident Reduction Education and Safety (UP CARES) program works to reduce train accidents through rail safety education and law enforcement partnerships.
UP CARES Education
Union Pacific employees conduct rail safety presentations in our communities at no charge. Anyone can request a presentation, including neighborhood clubs, schools, churches and private companies. We also encourage sharing our rail safety education resources.
UP CARES Operations
State and local police help ensure drivers and pedestrians safely cross railroad tracks and participate in UP CARES operations. Officers riding inside the locomotive observe motorist behavior at railroad crossings and dispatch officers positioned nearby, if drivers ignore signals and warnings. Stopped drivers are reminded to follow rail-related traffic laws designed to keep them safe. Depending on the severity of the infraction, a citation may be issued. Officers also approach pedestrians who disregard rail safety laws.
The goal of these operations is not to hand out citations, but to encourage safe behavior around the tracks.