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.
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
Never walk on the railroad tracks. Walking on the tracks is illegal and dangerous.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stay behind the yellow strip on the platform before boarding and after exiting the train.
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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