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Train Safety

Updated Mar 9, 2020

Whether you’re a commuter, an occasional rider, or a vehicle driver, when you see train tracks, think train. Trains are fast and cannot stop easily. When on station platforms, boarding or riding trains, or driving or walking across a grade crossing, always remain alert for oncoming trains.

Safety on Platforms

  • Stay away from the edge of the platform.
  • Hold children's hands or make sure they stay next to you on the platform.
  • Do not lean over the platform edge to see if a train is coming, because trains can approach from either direction.
  • Wait for the train to stop before stepping forward.
  • Keep off the tracks. NEVER go down onto the tracks, for any reason. If you drop something, tell a police officer, or train or station personnel.
  • Walk - don't run on platforms
  • Be aware of your surroundings. See someone at risk? Alert a police officer, or train or station personnel.

Watch the Gap

Watch the Gap. Look for these signs on rail platforms and on trains. Please watch your step when entering and exiting the trains, and pay special attention to the gap between the train door and the station platform. When traveling with young children, be sure to hold their hands while entering or exiting the train. And always keep a safe distance from the edge of the platform. Get more information.

Safety at Grade Crossings

Railroad grade crossings are a common element of traffic safety in many communities. Their lowered gates, flashing lights, and ringing bells warn of a train’s approach and they should always be regarded with caution. Trains are fast and can’t stop quickly. A train traveling at 60 mph can take up to a mile to stop. Each year, people are killed or injured in accidents that could have been prevented if they had simply taken the extra time to look, listen and heed the warning signs.

Never walk or run around crossing gates. Even if a train is stopped at a station, remember – trains travel in both directions and you may not see or hear an oncoming train on a second track.

Trespassing on train tracks is not only illegal, it’s extremely dangerous. Never use train tracks as a shortcut. Cross tracks only at designated grade crossings.