Help Stop Track Tragedies During Rail Safety Week

September 19, 2022 General

SacRT joined forces with Operation Lifesaver Inc. to help prevent tragedies around railroad tracks and trains during Rail Safety Week, September 19 – 25, 2022.  

The annual week-long event concentrates on public attention on the need for rail safety education and saves lives by educating and empowering the public to make safer decisions around tracks and trains.  

Every year, 2,100 North Americans are killed or seriously injured when they engage in unsafe behavior around tracks and trains. In the U.S. alone, a person or vehicle is hit by a train every three hours.  

SacRT is sharing messaging this month to urge the public to help #STOPTrackTragedies. As part of Rail Safety Week, SacRT created new videos as well as social media posts to raise awareness about track safety.  

Tips for Light Rail Train Safety: 

  1. Stand Back: Observe the pavement markings. Stand back from the platform, behind the yellow raised markings. Never run or ride scooters, skateboards or bicycles in a station. 
  2. See Tracks? Think Train: Remain alert for oncoming trains on station platforms and while driving or walking. Listen and watch for pedestrian and traffic signals. 
  3. Cross Legally and Safely: Cross only at designated crossings. Observe signs, signals and pavement markings. Always look for a train. 
  4. Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings: When near tracks or in stations, avoid the danger of distraction caused by cell phones, head phones or other electronic devices. 
  5. Wait, Look Both Ways: Light rail trains can travel at any time from either direction and are relatively quiet. After a train has passed, a second train might be traveling from the opposite direction. Always expect a train. Trains are closer and faster than they appear. Multiple tracks may mean multiple trains.  

Light Rail Rider Safety Tips

Safely Share the Road with Light Rail

Report an Issue  

If you see unsafe behavior on or near light rail tracks, be sure to report it to SacRT Police Services on the free Alert SacRT app or by calling 916-318-3330. If it is an emergency, always call 911.  

About Operation Lifesaver, Inc. 

Operation Lifesaver is a non-profit public safety education and awareness organization dedicated to reducing collisions, fatalities and injuries at highway-rail crossings and preventing trespassing on or near railroad tracks. A national network of trained volunteers gives free presentations on rail safety and a public awareness campaign, “See Tracks? Think Train!” provides tips and statistics to encourage safe behavior near the tracks.