Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Amtrak Califonria: Be Track Smart

September is Rail Safety Month and Caltrans and Amtrak California are asking Californians to always practice safety when crossing train tracks.

The public is encouraged to pledge to spread the word of rail safety to friends and family. Tweet a friend, post on your Facebook page, tell a co-worker. Get the word out to “Be Track Smart”.

California has more preventable rail-related fatalities and injuries than any other state in the country. Trains and the tracks they travel on can be dangerous if simple safety rules are not followed. 
  • Trains travel in both directions on the SAME track. Be sure to look both ways before crossing.
  • It can take a train up to a mile to stop. If your vehicle stalls on the tracks, get out immediately and run away from the tracks in the direction of the oncoming train.  This will prevent injuries from flying debris when the train hits the vehicle.
  • Never walk, bike, jog, or run down a train track. Trains can be very quiet; you may not hear it coming.
  • Never walk within six feet of a moving train. Trains are wider than the tracks. If you get too close you can be hit or dragged under the train.

 About Amtrak California
Under the Amtrak California banner, Caltrans funds three of the five busiest intercity passenger rail routes in the Amtrak system: the Pacific Surfliner® corridor (ranked second), the Capitol Corridor® (ranked third), and the San Joaquin®  corridor (ranked fifth). Caltrans manages both the Pacific Surfliner® and San Joaquin® corridors. The Capitol Corridor®, although funded by Caltrans, is managed by the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority. Visit us at AmtrakCalifornia.com; join us on Facebook at Facebook.com/AmtrakCalifornia or follow us on Twitter at Twitter.com/Amtrak_CA.