Hampton Roads Transit issued the following safety tips regarding light rail:
Stay Alert, Don't Get Hurt!
- Always look both ways before crossing the tracks and never cross or run in front of an approaching train or between two stopped trains.
- Use caution when sharing the road with trains. Pay attention to changing traffic patterns and follow the roadway.
- Stay alert and obey blank-out signs. Blank-out signs will automatically activate and light up when a train is approaching.
- Never listen to iPods or other MP3 players around tracks.
- Never talk on the phone when around tracks.
- Always listen for warning bells and whistles and always look for warning lights.
- Stay away from power lines.
Anytime is Train Time!
- Pay attention! Light rail trains are quiet & may travel on any track at any time.
- Don't cross tracks unless you have enough room to cross without stopping & can totally clear the tracks to a safe distance.
- When waiting for a train, always stand behind textured warning strips and never walk beyond the end of the station platform.
- Trains always have the right-of-way
- Trains are very quiet
- Trains can come from any direction, any time, on any track
- Stop! Look! Listen!
- Only cross at designated crosswalks & cross quickly without stopping.
- Never try to race a train to an intersection. Trains are closer & faster than they appear & they can't stop quickly or swerve to avoid a collision.
- Never drive around lowered crossing gates!
- Jaywalking is dangerous and illegal so only cross at designated crosswalks
- Always stand behind the safety line at stations
- Be aware that gates may start going up and then lower again due to a second light rail arriving from the opposite direction than the first train did
- Trespassing on tracks is dangerous and illegal
- Always walk your bike across tracks
Everyone Should Know Signs and Signals!
- Pay attention and obey all signs and signals including blank-out signs!
- Blank-out signs are electronic signs that activate and light up automatically when a train is approaching.
- Fact: transit agencies report that common safety problems include motorists making illegal left turns and illegal right turns across tracks, resulting in collisions with light rail trains.
- Don't stop, pass or shift gears on the tracks.
On the web:
Light Rail Safety PSA
Kids safety tips
Teen safety tips
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