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About every three hours in the United States, a person or vehicle is hit by a train. To raise awareness and improve safety, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Railroad Administration are recognizing September 24-30, 2017 as the first national Rail Safety Week. At the end of 2015, there were 129,582 public highway-rail grade crossings and 80,073 private crossings. Rail collisions are not only dangerous, they are often deadly. Combined, railroad crossing and trespasser deaths have accounted for more than 95 percent of all rail-related deaths over the past ten years – that is too many. Learn more about rail safety at

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With pedestrian fatalities on the rise, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Volpe Center, with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s support, is evaluating pedestrian detection technology to help prevent crashes and injuries. To learn more about pedestrian crash avoidance and mitigation technologies (PCAM) and the methodology developed by Volpe to estimate the safety benefits of PCAM systems, visit

USDOT's Volpe center, in support of NHTSA image

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The Maritime Administration’s Ready Reserve Force (RRF) provides government-owned shipping capability to meet Department of Defense strategic sealift requirements, and it assists in times of domestic or international emergencies.

Currently, the RRF is aiding with Hurricanes Harvey and Irma recovery efforts by transporting emergency supplies, providing safe storage of emergency equipment, and housing first responders aboard the vessels.

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The RRF consists of 46 vessels; the force has been activated 120 times

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At the U.S. Department of Transportation, we take emergency preparedness seriously. That’s why the Federal Highway Administration, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are committed to training and supporting first responders, EMS and hazardous materials professionals. Their projects and programs help save lives every day. To learn more visit,, or

Graphic explaining that DOT supports EMS and First Responders

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