Passenger Rail Safety Tips
In America's cities and beyond, nothing connects us to work, play and each other like public transit, today's safest, most reliable way to travel.
The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) estimates that 34 million times each weekday, people use public transportation. Operation Lifesaver's outreach programs offer free rail safety education for transit and commuter rail riders, drivers, pedestrians and communities.
Six things to know about light rail and commuter train safety:
1. STAY ALERT.
Trains can come from either direction at any time and can be very quiet. Around train tracks or in stations, obey all warning signs and signals and use caution when using headsets or cell phones.
2. WATCH THE OVERHANG.
Trains are wider than the tracks; never sit on the edge of a station platform.
3. STAND AWAY FROM THE PLATFORM EDGE.
Pay attention to painted or raised markings at the platform edge, and stay at least three feet from the train while it is coming in or out of the station.
4. WHEN ON BOARD, HOLD ON.
Hold on tight to poles or seats, and listen carefully to directions from the train operator or conductor.
5. WATCH YOUR STEP.
Be careful getting on and off the train - there may be a gap between the train and platform or steps.
6. DON'T TAKE SHORTCUTS WITH YOUR LIFE!
Follow directional signs and markings that let you know where it is safe to cross the tracks. Crossing the tracks anywhere else is dangerous and illegal.