Be Patient and Stay Safe: Vehicle and Pedestrian Rail Safety 

Did you know that, according to the National Highway Traffic Administration, a person or vehicle is struck by a train at a highway rail grade crossing every four hours? Trains can’t stop quickly. A freight train that is traveling 55 miles per hour can take more than a mile to stop, even if an emergency application of the brakes is applied.

 

In 2019, Texas ranked as the state with the most collisions in the U.S. with a total of 251 highway-rail grade crossing collisions. As a result, 31 people lost their lives and 123 were injured. Never try to beat a train! Follow these tips to stay safe and help us reduce the number of incidents at rail crossings:

  • Stop if you see flashing red lights
  • Only cross at a highway-rail grade crossing
  • Only cross if gate arms are up, lights have stopped flashing and bells have stopped ringing

In 2019, the state of Texas also ranked as the state with the second highest pedestrian rail trespassing casualties with a total of 100, out of which 44 lost their lives and 56 resulted in  injuries. If you are walking near a train, remember:

  • Only cross at a designated public crossing. Crossing at any other place is trespassing, illegal and dangerous
  • Never walk around or behind lowered gates at a crossing
  • Only cross if gate arms are up, lights have stopped flashing and bells have stopped ringing
  • Look both ways before crossing tracks

Don’t become part of the statistics. Follow these tips and help us reduce the number of highway-rail grade crossing collisions and trespassing casualties. Remember, be patient and stay safe!

CapMetro & the Pandemic

COVID Response_JuneIn response to the pandemic, CapMetro has worked around the clock to serve the the Austin community and to promote public health. That’s included implementing several measures to ensure the safety of our staff and customers, providing more than 3.6 million trips since the start of quarantine and providing support for vulnerable community members in need.

Staff and Customer Safety

To keep our operating staff and the public safe, we provided staff with gloves, masks and hand sanitizer and required everyone to wear a mask when at CapMetro facilities or riding our services.

Providing Essential Service

  • CapMetro provided 3.6 million necessary trips to grocery stores and medical centers for people traveling to work an essential job.
  • We served 70,000 critical trips for MetroAccess customers.
  • Provided service to more than 250 homeless individuals.

We are so grateful for all of our frontline workers and staff who worked vigorously to serve our community and keep our services safe! We will continue putting the safety of our staff and customers first as we move ahead.

Meal Deliveries 

Our partnerships with H-E-B, Good Apple and Farmshare Austin provided nearly 475,000 meals to vulnerable members of the Austin community through June.

Cap-tivities with Batthew!

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We’re back with another round of Cap-Tivities. And this time, Batthew gets to be our cover star!

Take a gander at what’s on offer and you’ll see:

  • Word searches
  • Mazes
  • Capy lost in space
  • A new friend!
  • Fun with a cardboard tube!!
  • And much more!!!

We hope you enjoy it and keep busy without going stir crazy. Let us know when you’re done with your completed puzzles and colored masterpieces by tagging @CapMetroATX in your social posts and using the hashtag #captivities.

Thanks! Stay safe, wear a mask and have fun!

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Pedestrian Rail Safety

Operation Lifesaver, the national rail safety education nonprofit, will celebrate Rail Safety Week from September 22-28. In honor of that, we’ll spend the month of September, sharing safety tips and recommendations to Austin’s pedestrians and drivers to travel safely and effectively.

Let’s raise rail safety awareness together not just in September, but all year long to make our commute even safer; so whether you’re on foot, or behind wheels, these tips will help us all travel safely and efficiently.

Austin is such a great city for walking, so we’d like to kick off our rail safety efforts with our foot travelers. The most basic tip when crossing pathways: only cross at the marked crosswalks. Make sure to keep an eye on the signs and safety signals. If you avoid distractions, like your phone, music or conversations, then you can avoid accidents. It’s that easy!

Now, we know a good selfie will get you the most likes but, there’s no such thing as a selfie to die for. Railroad tracks aren’t the place for pictures. It’s not safe to take selfies or photos on the tracks. And remember, it’s illegal and dangerous.

As a pedestrian, you have to stay alert — always! Remember that when you’re approaching train tracks, you have to stop and look both ways. Just like Mom taught you but with one more step: listen. Make sure you listen for incoming trains before crossing. Just remember: stop, look and listen!

This September, keep a lookout for our tips and tricks dedicated to Rail Safety. At Capital Metro, your safety is our priority!