In observance of International Level Crossing Awareness Day (ILCAD), Capital Metro is once again reminding you to be safe around railroad tracks. Motorists and pedestrians should ALWAYS expect a train along any railroad tracks and obey all warning signals and signs.
ILCAD is being recognized in 40 countries worldwide today with the purpose of increasing the spotlight on railroad crossing safety. According to the Federal Railroad Administration, railroad crossing collisions and pedestrian trespassing on tracks together account for over 95 percent of all railroad fatalities.
Fortunately, there have been no fatalities along the MetroRail corridor. However, we have caught adults and children sitting or walking along the tracks and vehicles not obeying warning signals at crossings, which in one case led to a collision. Watch the video below for a collection of some of these incidents.
Over the past few years, Capital Metro has created a comprehensive rail safety program that has become a national model for other transit agencies. Capital Metro with assistance from the community-based volunteer coalition GROW (Grassroots Rail Outreach Working group) and the national rail safety non-profit organization Operation Lifesaver, have worked to educate the community on rail safety reaching approximately 75,000 local residents.
If you are interested in a presentation for your school, neighborhood, or organization, please contact Alissa Schram at firstname.lastname@example.org or (512) 369-7759.