• Platform Safety

    Please stay behind the yellow strip on the platform before boarding and after exiting the train.

  • Always be alert and aware

    Obey all railroad signals and signage

  • Never walk on the tracks

    It’s both illegal and dangerous

Be Track SMART

Your safety is our top priority.

Think safety first. Please be alert and aware near all tracks and trains, and at station platforms.

Rail safety is for everyone: pedestrians, drivers, and bicyclists. We all have a role to play in encouraging safe behavior near all trains and tracks.

Browse this website for railroad safety information and resources. SMART also provides free rail safety presentations for schools and community groups. To learn more or to request a presentation, click here.

Check out our Safety Fact Sheet.

For our Safety Fact Sheet in Spanish, please click here.

Motorist Safety Tips

  • Never stop your car on the railroad tracks.
  • Approach all crossings carefully, and be prepared to stop 15 feet behind the crossing gates when the crossing signals are activated.
  • Never cross the tracks until you are sure you can drive across the tracks safely.
  • Never try to beat a train through a railroad crossing.

Platform Safety Tips

  • Always be alert and aware when on station platforms.
  • Stay behind the yellow strip on the platform before boarding and after exiting the train.
  • If you have young children, hold their hands when boarding and exiting the train.

Bicyclist Safety Tips

  • Crossing railroad tracks on a bicycle requires extra caution and attention.
  • Bicycle wheels can get caught between the rail and roadway: Cross at a 90-degree angle. If that is not possible, walk, don’t ride, across the tracks.
  • Designated railroad crossings are the only safe and legal place to cross the tracks.
  • Riding your bicycle adjacent to the railroad tracks is unsafe and illegal.

Pedestrian Safety Tips

  • Never walk on the railroad tracks. Walking on railroad tracks is illegal and dangerous.
  • Only cross the tracks at designated railroad crossings. Always wait for the bells and lights to stop, and the gate to rise before crossing the tracks.
  • Stay alert: Don’t be distracted by cell phones or headphones.

Think Safety First

Always be alert and aware near all railroad crossings. Never stop your car on the tracks and never cross the tracks until you are sure you can drive across the tracks safely.

Remember: If you are trapped by traffic on the tracks and the warning gates are activated by an oncoming train, drive through the safety gates. They are designed to be driven through in an emergency.

Be Alert and Aware

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Never walk on the railroad tracks. Walking on the tracks is illegal and dangerous.

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Every railroad crossing has a blue emergency notification sign. If you see a crossing gate not working properly or a railroad emergency, call the number on the sign when it is safe to do so.

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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.

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If you are trapped by traffic on the tracks and the warning gates are activated by
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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.

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Stay behind the yellow strip on the platform before boarding and after exiting the train.

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Always be careful entering and exiting the train and watch the gap. If you have young children, hold their hands when entering and exiting the train.

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Keep up-to-date with SMART service updates. Sign up for SMART text message service alerts. Text the word: SMART to 888777.

Click the hotspots for important railroad safety tips.

Test Your Railroad Safety Knowledge

ABOUT SMART

Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) is the San Francisco Bay Area’s newest transportation option for travel, offering passenger rail service in Sonoma and Marin counties. SMART’s initial 43 miles of rail corridor includes 10 stations, from the Sonoma County Airport to Downtown San Rafael. Future extensions include: Larkspur, which is scheduled to be completed in 2019; Windsor; Healdsburg; and Cloverdale. The full project will provide 70 miles of passenger rail service, connecting SMART passengers with jobs, education centers, retail hubs and housing along the Sonoma-Marin corridor, and a bicycle-pedestrian pathway.