Lake Forest Installs Train Shelters
Mayor pushes train and pedestrian safety initiative.
In an effort to bolster pedestrian and train safety in Lake Forest, two shelters were installed at the Telegraph Road Train Station last week at a cost of approximately $10,000.
Last fall, Lake Forest Mayor James Cowhey said pedestrian train safety is one of his top priorities since taking office in 2009.
In June of last year, Cowhey spearheaded a Pedestrian Rail Safety Symposium, cosponsored by the Northwestern University Transportation Center.
Prior to the Symposium, Cowhey appointed a Transportation and Safety Enhancement Committee, comprised of public safety officials, school officials, engineers, city staff and volunteers from the local business community.
The committee’s priority is to reduce the number of vehicular and pedestrian/train accidents by educating the public as to the importance of train safety.
In November, Lake Forest sponsored a “Train Safety Week." Volunteers from various transportation agencies and public safety officials were stationed at locations in Conway Park, public schools and at both Lake Forest train stations to distribute informative literature and answer questions.
Students from Lake Forest High School became involved and voluntarily wrote and produced a peer video and public service announcement titled “Trainception.”