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Photo of several people with an oversized check from Union Pacific to the Texas A&M Foundation for $340,000.

 

Union Pacific Awards YTS Program 3-Year Grant

The Texas A&M Transportation Institute’s (TTI's) Youth Transportation Safety (YTS) Program has been awarded a 3-year grant from Union Pacific Railroad to deliver safety messages to Texas’ youth. Union Pacific is one of America’s leading railroad franchises with operations in 23 states. In 2018, Union Pacific awarded grants through its Community Ties Giving Program, which focuses on three cause areas: safety, workforce development and community spaces.

 

Since young drivers experience the highest rate of transportation-related fatalities, it is essential to focus educational outreach efforts on this target audience. Through the Texas A&M Foundation, TTI’s YTS Program secured $340,000 to help advance multiple safety initiatives within the program.

 

Teens in the Driver Seat: 230,000 students, 144 middle schools, and 47 high schools. U in the Driver seat: 20 counties and 20 colleges.

 

Currently, YTS operates two peer-to-peer education programs: Teens in the Driver Seat® (TDS), which focuses efforts on junior-high- and high-school-aged teens, and U in the Driver Seat (UDS), which focuses on college students. In Texas this past year, TDS reached over 230,000 students, covering 144 high schools and 47 middle schools. UDS reached 20 different colleges in 20 counties. This partnership with Union Pacific will help YTS expand current activities within TDS and UDS, as well as develop new educational campaigns.

 

“One of our priorities is encouraging safe behaviors and preventing accidents through education and awareness,” says Richard Zientek, director of public affairs at Union Pacific. “We believe TTI’s Youth Transportation Safety Program and its many initiatives are a great way to spread this important safety message.”

 

Through this grant, YTS will add a new railroad safety component to its campaigns. Schools will receive resource kits and tools that include information that addresses issues of driving and walking safely (and legally) near railroads. The grant will also assist YTS with expansion of its bicycle and pedestrian safety efforts, as well as support the next generation of the TDS smartphone app.

 

“We are very excited about this new partnership with Union Pacific,” says YTS Program Manager Russell Henk. “This multi-year support is important to the sustainability of our program and, ultimately, will help save the lives of America’s teen drivers, pedestrians and cyclists.”

 

 

 

 TTI’s YTS Program
 has secured

$340,000

to help advance multiple safety initiatives within the program.

 

Youth Transportation Safety Program logo (y-driver.com).

“We are very excited about this new partnership with Union Pacific,” says YTS Program Manager Russell Henk. “This multi-year support is important to the sustainability of our program and, ultimately, will help save the lives of America’s teen drivers, pedestrians and cyclists.”

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