RTD partners with local, national organizations for Rail Safety Week

The Regional Transportation District (RTD) is partnering with organizations across the Denver metro region and beyond for the North American Rail Safety Week, Sept. 20-26.

RTD staff will be on hand Monday, Sept. 20, and Friday, Sept. 24, to speak with pedestrians and motorists at rail crossings about the need for safety near trains. The transit agency is doing so in partnership with several organizations, including Denver Transit Operators (DTO), the concessionaire of the University of Colorado A Line; national rail operator Amtrak; and Operation Lifesaver, a nonprofit public safety education organization dedicated to reducing collisions, fatalities and injuries at rail crossings and preventing railroad trespassing.

RTD and DTO safety departments and RTD transit police will collaborate as part of Operation Clear Track, which aims to reduce the approximately 2,000 serious injuries and deaths each year in the United States around railroad tracks and trains.

“Safety is top priority at RTD,” said Senior Manager of Safety, Security and Compliance Martha J. Bembry. “RTD is committed to educating the public about being safe when traveling near our rail system by remaining alert and knowing what to do when a train is approaching.”

The event is held during the annual observance of Rail Safety Week, which this year is Sept. 20-26.

RTD and DTO will be at the following locations during Rail Safety Week from 7 to 9 a.m.:

  • University of Colorado A Line
    • Sept. 20 – Peoria Station
    • Sept. 24 – Quebec Street grade crossing between Sandown and Smith roads
  • N Line
    • Sept. 20 – Thornton Crossroads/104th Station
    • Sept. 24 – East 124th Avenue grade crossing between Claude Court and First Street