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RTD TARGETS 60,000 ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PUPILS FOR CONCENTRATED RAIL-SAFETY TRAINING

 RTD TARGETS 60,000 ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PUPILS
 FOR CONCENTRATED RAIL-SAFETY TRAINING
 LOS ANGELES, July 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Some 60,000 elementary pupils who live and go to school in the Metro Blue Line corridor of Los Angeles will receive concentrated training in rail safety this fall. The Southern California Rapid Transit District introduced a new 10-lesson rail-safety curriculum during a news conference today at the 92nd Street School.
 The RTD will mail 40-page rail safety curriculum guides, lesson folders, safety brochures, coloring books and other materials to some 3,000 elementary school teachers in the next three months. The program will cover 84 elementary schools in the five school districts bordering the Blue Line.
 "Public safety has to be as much a part of the RTD's business as operating the trains," said RTD Board President Marvin Holen. "The RTD has put tremendous effort into rail safety education.
 "This creative approach will make our safety-training programs much more effective for young children who must cross the rail line on their way to school and back," Holen said. "The design of this curriculum allows teachers to introduce rail-safety lessons into their regular day-to-day classroom activities."
 Lesson One in the curriculum, developed by the RTD's Local Government and Public Affairs Department, is an animated video and flip-chart discussion of rail safety rules. Lesson Two is a field trip that includes a visit to the Blue Line facilities and a safety- oriented ride on the train. More than 6,000 children and adults have participated in the RTD's Blue Line tours.
 Other lessons emphasize train etiquette, damaged caused by graffiti and vandalism, train schedules and travel times, bus and pedestrian safety rules and the history of rail transit in Southern
California. The lessons make liberal use of word-search and cross- word puzzles, symbol-recognition games, multichoice quizzes and class activities.
 The RTD launched an intensive rail-safety education program in the schools in February 1991, following a series of vehicle and pedestrian accidents involving Blue Line trains. To date, RTD public affairs representatives have made presentations to more than 25,000 students at a rate of five to 10 presentations each week when school is in session.
 "Since Blue Line operations began in June 1990, there have been no fatalities involving pedestrian school children," said RTD General Manager Alan F. Pegg. "We want to continue this record by giving these youngsters an early opportunity to learn safety rules that could save their lives."
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 /CONTACT: Bill Heard or Jim Smart of RTD, 213-972-4400/ CO: Southern California Rapid Transit District ST: California IN: SU:


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