Union Pacific Railroad said the number of crossing accidents systemwide and in its Wichita service unit declined in 2013.
The Omaha-based company said in a news release that its “public safety incident rate” declined 7 percent to a rate of 2.22 crossing accidents per million train miles last year.
UP said that its Wichita unit saw a greater decline: from a rate of 3.94 in 2012 to 1.81 in 2013, a 54 percent decrease. The Wichita unit oversees more than 1,100 miles of track in eastern and south-central Kansas, central and eastern Oklahoma and west-central Arkansas.
“Though our public safety metric improved in 2013, the goal is always zero incidents,” Bob Grimaila, UP’s vice president of safety, security and environment, said in the release.
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The company attributed the year-over-year declines to outreach, enforcement, education and an advertising safety campaign.