RTD kicks-off Rail Safety Week to remind people to be safe around trains
Safety is a core value at RTD, for ourselves and those in the communities we serve. Although we work hard to make safety a part of everything we do, there are ongoing instances of unsafe behavior near our rail system.
When it comes to rail safety, our agency is not alone in this challenge. Over the last 10 years, approximately 20,000 Americans have been killed or seriously injured while engaging in unsafe behavior around railroads, and nearly 95% of rail-related incidents involve vehicle-train collisions or people being struck by trains.
Here at RTD, we see unsafe behavior and actions that can lead to accidents on our rail system every day. In an effort to address this issue, RTD is partnering with Operation Lifesaver and Amtrak to increase awareness about safety near our tracks and trains during national Rail Safety Week (RSW). Due to COVID-19, this year’s RSW activities will emphasize social media and virtual safety messaging.
Without question, the pandemic has seriously impacted our personal and professional lives. However, railroad-related deaths and injuries continue to occur in our communities. With nearly 100 miles of RTD rail tracks now in operation within the Denver metro area, it is important to learn about rail safety and how making smart decisions around rail systems can keep you safe:
- Avoid distractions from your cell phone and loud music.
- Follow safety signage and obey warning devices like flashing red lights and gate arms.
- Stop and wait for crossing gates to fully rise before crossing the tracks.
- Only cross at designated rail crossings.
- Never walk or bike along the tracks – it's illegal and dangerous.
- Always look both ways before crossing the tracks.
As we kick off the start to Rail Safety Week, you’re invited to practice and promote safety not only around transit, but in your everyday life. Together we can make RTD’s rail system safer for pedestrians, motorists, passengers and employees.