Scott Sauer Joins the Operation Lifesaver Board of Directors

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AUG. 29, 2013

ALEXANDRIA, Va. —Scott A. Sauer, director of system safety and risk management for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) is now a member of the Operation Lifesaver, Inc., board of directors.

With a master’s degree in environmental protection and safety management from St. Joseph’s University, Sauer brings more than 23 years of operational and safety experience in the transit industry. He is also a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and World Safety Organization Certified Safety and Security Director (WSO-CSSD). In his current role, he is responsible for all corporate safety, environmental compliance, risk management, accident investigation and emergency management activities at SEPTA. 

“I have been looking forward to joining the board and giving it the transit perspective,” said Sauer. “With the advent of rail transit and now with 26 states having rail transit operations, it behooves us to get our foot in that door. I see it as an opportunity to expand our reach in that world.”

Sauer has been a part of the Operation Lifesaver fold for many years. He became a presenter (now called Authorized Volunteer) in 2006, and he served as a member of the Pennsylvania Operation Lifesaver board of directors.

“Scott is a dynamic and versatile safety professional,” said Cliff Stayton, OLI board chairman. “He brings a holistic view of safety to the team, and of course, he’s an OLI veteran and a staunch supporter of our mission. He and our other new representatives on the board are bringing new energy and new ideas to the table.”

Sauer replaces Paul O’Brien, former rail services general manager for Utah Transit Authority. O’Brien had served on the OLI board since 2008 and was credited with helping to increase the number of transit volunteers who gave OLI presentations. In 2009, Utah Transit Authority employees were responsible for 38 percent of all OLI activities in Utah.

Both Sauer and O’Brien’s OLI board service results from their active participation in and recommendation by the American Public Transportation Association.

“Our representatives on the board come from all facets of the transportation industry, including major freight rail and short lines, engineering, rail supply, government affairs and state Operation Lifesaver programs,” said Joyce Rose, OLI president and CEO. “We have made great advancements into the rail transit community and we want to go further. Scott’s appointment helps us to do that.”

Sauer’s first official business will be the board’s Nov. 13th meeting in Washington, DC, at which the directors will decide future goals and activities of OLI. 

About Operation Lifesaver, Inc.

Operation Lifesaver's mission is to end collisions, deaths and injuries at highway-rail grade crossings and along railroad rights of way. A national network of trained volunteers provides free presentations on rail safety. Learn more at; follow OLI on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.




About Us

Operation Lifesaver, Inc. is a non-profit organization providing free public education programs to prevent collisions, injuries and fatalities on and around railroad tracks and highway-rail grade crossings.



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