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Author / Coordinator:  
Scwebel, Goetz & Sieben
March 2007

Trains are a great addition to the Twin Cities. But like any moving vehicle, they come with warnings.

Make safety a priority on and around trains. Adults and children should learn how to be safe around the tracks.

National studies show that light-rail trains are safer than cars, trucks – and even buses. Metro Transit is committed to promoting safety for those who live and work near the Hiawatha Line through education, physical safeguards (barriers, warning signs) and enforcement.

Safety along the Hiawatha Line

Light-rail transit is safe – as long as everyone obeys warning signs and complies with barriers.

It’s not only unsafe but against the law to walk along light-rail tracks or to trespass on rail bridges or in tunnels.

Pedestrians, motorists and bicyclists must cross only at designated crossings. Tracks at these intersections are embedded in the ground, level with the street, for safer crossing.

Tips for rail customers

  • While waiting for the train, always stand behind the yellow line on the platform.
  • DO NOT stand on the tracks at any time.
  • Avoid sticking arms or legs in the doors to prevent them from closing; just relax and wait for the next train.
  • Do not skateboard or rollerblade on platforms.
  • No food is allowed on the train. Please place any garbage in the disposal bins on the platforms.
  • While riding, please remain seated. If standing, hold onto the rails in case of sudden stops.
  • In case of emergency, use the intercom on the platform to be connected with the rail control center, or use the pay phone to call 9-1-1. On trains, use intercoms located near the front and back doors to call the train operator.

Tips for pedestrians

  • Cross the tracks only at marked pedestrian crosswalks. It’s not only unsafe but illegal to cross the tracks in unmarked areas.
  • Light-rail trains are quiet. Look both ways before using a pedestrian crosswalk, even if a train has just passed. There could be a second train coming.
  • Never step on the track. Walk scooters, skateboards or bikes across them.

Tips for motorists

  • Never try to beat a train at a crossing.
  • When you see warning lights at a crossing STOP.
  • Unlike at freight train crossings, you’ll wait only seconds for a train to pass so you can cross safely.
  • Never assume you know when and where to expect a train. Expect a train at any time, on any track, from either direction.
  • Don’t cross until you can see both tracks clearly.

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