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Robert J. Chaprnka

Robert J. Chaprnka, Jackson, was known as a true professional among his colleagues, advocating for the freight railroad industry from 1990 to 2013 as president of the Michigan Railroads Association (MRA). He successfully championed for the passage of the Michigan Railroad Code of 1993, which was a complete revision of the law that led to more efficient railroad operations. Working with MDOT and the state Legislature, he advocated for laws to improve the surface and safety of highway-rail grade crossings across the state. Through his involvement in railroad safety issues, Chaprnka helped establish Michigan Operation Lifesaver, a rail safety nonprofit educational organization. His work included a special focus on teaching young people to be cautious around railroads. Prior to joining the MRA, Chaprnka spent 18 years working in the Michigan Senate in various capacities. He also had two years of service in the U.S. Army. 

Michigan Transportation Hall of Honor, 2018