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!

Seguridad peatonal en las vias del tren

Operation Lifesaver, la organización nacional sin fines de lucro de educación en seguridad ferroviaria, celebrará la Semana de Seguridad Ferroviaria del 22-28 de septiembre. En honor a eso, Capital Metro pasará el mes de septiembre, compartiendo consejos y recomendaciones de seguridad con los peatones y conductores de Austin para viajar de manera segura y efectiva.

Aumentemos la conciencia de seguridad ferroviaria juntos no solo en septiembre, sino durante todo el año para que nuestro viaje sea aún más seguro; así que, ya sea a pie o tras el volante, estos consejos nos ayudarán a todos a viajar de manera segura y eficiente.

Austin es una gran ciudad para caminar, por lo que nos gustaría comenzar nuestros esfuerzos de seguridad ferroviaria con nuestros viajeros a pie. El consejo más básico al cruzar las vías del tren : observe y obedezca todos los carteles y señales de advertencia. Si evita distraerse con su teléfono, música o conversaciones, puede evitar accidentes inesperados. Si, es asi de facil!

Hoy en dia tener el mejor selfie trae muchos likes y seguidores, pero no hay selfies que valgan su vida. Las vías del tren no son lugar oportuno ni seguro para tener una sesion de fotos. ¡Recuerde que es ilegal y peligroso! No tome el riesgo.

Como peatón debe mantenerse siempre alertó de lo que pasa a su alrededor. Recuerde que cuando se esté aproximando a las vías del tren se tiene que detener, ver a ambos lados y escuchar los trenes que se aproximan antes de cruzar. Recuerde: pare, mire, y escuche.

Asegúrese de estar atentos a nuestros consejos este mes de septiembre. Capital Metro se dedicara en dar más consejos sobre cómo evitar accidententes en las vías del tren. ¡En Capital Metro su seguridad es nuestra prioridad!

Driver Railroad Safety

CapMetro wants you to remain safe when behind the wheel. To avoid collision with a crossing train, we have some simple tips that save lives.

  1. Any time is train time! Keep in mind that trains move quickly and are a lot closer than you think. Remember to stop, look both ways and listen for a train before crossing.
  2. Don’t try to race the train. The train moves extremely fast and it takes more than a mile for a train to come to a full stop.
  3. Flashing red lights indicate a nearby train from either direction. Don’t cross the tracks until the lights have stopped flashing indicating it is safe.
  4. Don’t drive past the lowered bar: It’s illegal and can cause serious accidents.
  5. Never stop on the tracks. Make sure you can cross the tracks safely before driving over them.

It’s important to keep everyone’s safety in mind when you’re behind the wheel – yours, your fellow travelers, and anyone around you.

Seguridad de conductors en las vias del tren

CapMetro quiere que los conductores permanezcan seguros cuando estén al volante. Para evitar la colisión con un tren que cruza, tenemos algunos consejos simples que salvan vidas.

  1. ¡Cualquier hora es hora del tren! Tenga en cuenta que los trenes no siguen horarios establecidos. Recuerde ver a ambos lados y escuchar antes de cruzar las vías del tren.
  2. No intente ganarle al tren. El tren siempre esta moviendose rapido y está más cerca de lo que usted piensa. Tenga en mente que para que un tren se detenga puede tomar hasta una milla o más.
  3. Las luces rojas intermitentes indican que un tren se acerca desde cualquier dirección. No cruce las vías hasta que las luces hayan dejado de parpadear y sea seguro hacerlo.
  4. No conduzca cuando la barrera este baja; es ilegal y puede causarle un accidente.
  5. No se quede atascado en las vías. Solo cruce las vías si esta seguro de que puede atravesarlas completamente sin detenerse en medio.

Es crucial tener en cuenta su propia seguridad, la seguridad de quienes viajan con usted y de quienes lo rodean cada vez que esté detrás del volante.

Semana de seguridad ferroviaria

Hola Austin! Durante esta semana, se da a cabo nuestra lucha para terminar las tragedias de ferrocarril mejor conocida como la Semana de Seguridad Ferroviaria. Capital Metro quiere que usted y su familia estén siempre a salvo y que puedan disfrutar de Austin de manera segura.

Para los niños los trenes pueden parecer divertidos y emocionantes por muchas razones; el tamaño, la velocidad y los sonidos. Pero las vías del tren y los cruces de trenes no son un lugar seguro para jugar. Es importante enseñarle a los niños la forma correcta de cruzar las vías del tren para que siempre lleguen a su destino final de forma segura. Recuerde que los trenes de Capital Metro son más rápidos y silenciosos que los trenes de carga y que no están obligados a tocar sus bocinas en zonas designadas como silenciosas. Si está parado en las vías o cerca de ellas, es posible que no vea, escuche o sienta la vibración de un tren que se aproxima.

Compartir esta información con los niños y sus seres queridos es esencial para proteger su seguridad. En Capital Metro siempre puede confiar para llegar su destino de forma segura.

 

 

Capital Metro offers accessibility for everyone

Capital Metro is committed to providing all passengers safe and reliable transit.

That commitment absolutely extends to customers with disabilities. CapMetro complies with all applicable rules and regulations issued by the United States Department of Transportation and the Federal Transit Administration and makes modifications to its vehicles, policies and procedures to accommodate people with disabilities.

“Kneeling” buses are one accommodation. If it’s too hard to step up into the bus, the operator can physically lower the bus making it easier to step aboard.

Customers using wheelchairs or other wheeled mobility devices can board via a deployable ramp that allows riders to roll onto the vehicle. Some buses also have ramps that lower and lift passengers using mobility devices.

You may have noticed a bus operator assisting a passenger in a wheelchair or wheeled mobility device. What they are doing is securing the device with straps to ensure safety. Bus operators also help remove the straps when the passenger is ready to get off.

MetroRail trains and station platforms offer level boarding. There are special sections on MetroRail cars to accommodate customers with wheelchairs and wheeled mobility devices.

Please remember these marked areas in the front of the bus and trains are reserved for people who need extra time entering and exiting vehicles. That includes customers with disabilities and older adults. Always do the right thing and yield those seats to the folks who need them.

Accessibility isn’t just limited to the buses or trains. it is important that sidewalks and curb cuts be kept clear of obstacles like dockless scooters, bicycles and other impediments. Drivers also need to keep their eyes up at intersections and attentive to people in wheelchairs, pedestrians using mobility canes, and older adults in the crosswalk who might need extra time to get across the street.

Also know it is a crime to deface Braille on any signs at bus and rail stops. Defaced Braille prevents blind and low-vision passengers from getting the information they need to travel.

Austin is an inclusive city and CapMetro is part of the foundation of that inclusivity. All passengers should feel comfortable and confident riding on our buses and trains and traveling the city’s streets and sidewalks.

More information on the accessibility services CapMetro offers may be found at https://capmetro.org/accessibility.

Scoot Your Commute

In the past year more than 14,000 dockless scooters have joined the ranks of the various modes of transit available to Austinites. While travel by scooter may only be for recreation or the last mile of your commute, it is important to make it to your destination safely. During National Safety Month Capital Metro wants to emphasize the importance of how to stay safe when you are scooting around Austin.

Scooter riders and cyclists are more vulnerable than other vehicles on the road. Take a cue from cyclists and wear a helmet when you ride. Additionally, you should always ride with the flow of traffic, and pay attention to all traffic signs and signals. Use bike lanes whenever available. Doing these things gives drivers around you more time to react and share the road.

Be careful to avoid distracted scooting. Distractions come in many forms, from listening to your music to talking or texting on your phone. In Austin, scooter riders must abide by the city’s hands-free cell phone ordinance, so pack up your device and enjoy the ride. Finally, you should never ride a scooter when you are impaired. By avoiding these distractions, you not only make travel safer for yourself, you make travel safer for the other vehicles and pedestrians around you.

Look out for pedestrians, especially in high foot traffic areas. Riding in bike lanes helps you avoid pedestrian traffic. Because your scooter is quick and silent, pedestrians don’t always hear you coming, so don’t be shy with that bell most scooters have. And remember to always yield to people walking on sidewalks. Making yourself familiar with local ordinances empowers you to know where it is safe to ride.

If your destination is a little farther than you would feel comfortable scooting, ride a Capital Metro bus to get closer. It’s quick, easy, and will save you money. Make sure to park your scooter in a safe area out of the path of bus riders and pedestrians before you get on board.

It may seem like there is a lot more to riding on scooters, but it’s because we all have a lot riding on safety.