What is SMART Rail Safety Education All About?

Scroll down to learn more about the 8 types of presentations offered by SMART for different age or community groups. And then fill out the form to the right or contact SMART Community Outreach at 707-794-3077 or info@sonomamarintrain.org  to schedule today. Please also check out our many handouts which can be found on our Resources page.

About Us

SMART Community Outreach & Education has worked with the leading national rail safety education organization California Operation Lifesaver since 2012. Today, SMART has several staff members that are Operation Lifesaver Authorized Volunteers and bring free rail safety presentations to schools, organizations, and communities in the two-county SMART District of Sonoma and Marin counties in the North Bay of California.

Presenters use Design Thinking principles to encourage creative problem solving regarding what it means to build a rail safe community. Presentations begin with a short overview of the SMART project followed by a video and rail safety discussion that cover topics such as: What is the SMART Train? Where and when can I ride it? What do I need to know about crossing railroad tracks safely? What does the white “X” mean? Are trains bigger, faster and quieter than I think? etc.

Thank you for taking the time to visit our website and learn more!

Who has SMART presented to?

Zoom in and out to see where SMART has held rail safety presentations over the last three years. Each icon represents a different group type. See instructions below map regarding navigation.

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We present to many different types of groups.


K – 2

30 min presentation
includes 11 min video: Sly Fox & Birdie

Short presentation while allowing for students to share personal experiences, reactions and thoughts to presentation.

3 – 5

30 min presentation
includes 11 min video: Sly Fox & Birdie

Design thinking type presentation where the inquiry of the students following a short overview and video leads the presenter to different topics of import.


45 min presentation
includes 11:30 min video: Are You in Control?

More time for Q & A, focus on consequences of being on railroad property and importance of being a leader.


1 hour presentation
includes 10 min video: Utah Transit Authority Rail Safety or Amtrak: Cheating Death

Even more time for Q & A, focus on consequences of being on railroad property and importance of being a leader.


Parent Groups (English & Spanish Speaking)

Driver’s Ed Classes/Professional Drivers

Universities and Colleges

Public Service/Safety

Homeless/Non-profit Organizations

Check out these additional resources:
Be Safe, Always Expect a Train – English

Be Safe, Always Expect a Train – Spanish

See Tracks Think Train Campaign video

Emergency Vehicle Railroad Crossing

Amtrak: Cheating Death

Utah Transit Authority Rail Safety

Railroad Crossing for Professional Drivers

Decide SMART Arrive Safe

SMART Rail Safety Presentations Out and About