SMART Safety Message

Safety is our top priority at SMART. In preparation for beginning service later this year, SMART has started systemwide testing along the initial 43-mile route, from the northern part of Santa Rosa to downtown San Rafael. SMART’s testing includes running trains, operating railroad crossing gates at intersections and verifying that our train control and communications systems are accurate and working effectively.

Please be careful and alert at all railroad crossings. Always expect a train, drivers must never stop on the tracks,
and never walk on the tracks. SMART provides free rail safety presentations for schools and community groups,
sign up here.

You can also download our Safety Fact Sheet and our Testing Fact Sheet with safety tips.

For more information about the SMART Train visit us at www.sonomamarintrain.org.

Click here to learn more about rail safety pres

Pedestrians

      • Rail safety is for everyone, not just drivers
      • Railroad property is private property and walking on railroad tracks is not only unsafe, it is trespassing
      • Remember: Only cross at a railroad crossing sign and wait for the bells and lights to stop, and the gate to rise before crossing the tracks

    Drivers

      • Never stop your car on the railroad tracks. When you see the crossing signals activated, be sure to stop 15 feet back, at the white line. Wait until the crossing gates have raise and the lights have stopped flashing before you proceed. Never cross the tracks until you are sure your entire vehicle will be able to get across the tracks safely.
      • Never race a train to the other side of the tracks.
      • If you find yourself on the tracks as a result of being trapped by traffic and the warning gates are activated by an oncoming train, drive through the gates as they are designed to be driven through in an emergency.
      • If your car gets stalled on the tracks, get out, help any children out, run away from your car at an angle toward the direction of the train and call 9-1-1.

    Bicyclists

      • Crossing railroad tracks on a bicycle requires extra caution and attention
      • Bicycle wheels can get caught between the rails; always cross at a 90-degree angle and if possible, walk – don’t ride across tracks
      • Designated railroad crossings are the only safe and legal place to cross the tracks
      • It’s never safe or legal to bike on a railroad right-of-way
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    About Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit

    The Sonoma-Marin Rail Transit District (SMART) is a voter-approved passenger rail and bicycle-pedestrian pathway project located in Marin and Sonoma counties. It will serve a 70-mile corridor from Larkspur to Cloverdale with a first phase from San Rafael to Santa Rosa. Visit us at www.sonomamarintrain.org