Caltrain is formally announcing a partnership with the Crisis Text Line on Wednesday, in the wake of a large number of suicides that take place on the train’s corridor each year.
A suicide on Nov. 22 marked the ninth such death this year. Caltrain officials reported that 20 intentional fatalities took place along their tracks in 2015.
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“Caltrain devotes a significant effort to educating the public about rail safety, but identifying strategies to specifically address suicides is challenging,” stated a news release on the partnership. “There is a growing national awareness that suicide is a preventable public health problem. Research has shown that text messaging has become a preferred communication method, which is why Caltrain is teaming up with Crisis Text Line.”