Back to School Safety

Summer vacation is drawing to a close and pretty soon the bells will be ringing to mark a new school year. Keeping children and the public safe is a top priority, especially for younger children and those heading to school for the first time.

Be safe near the train tracks

  • Look both ways when crossing tracks. Trains come from both directions and can run at any time day or night.
  • Trains cannot stop for you if you're in the way. A train might not look like it's going very fast, but it's so big and heavy that it takes a long distance to stop.
  • Trains are wider than the train tracks, so don't stand too close to the tracks, remain behind the yellow lines.

Be alert when crossing tracks

  • Don't be distracted. Avoid listening to music or using your phone while around trains and tracks.
  • Cross only at designated crossings no matter if you are on foot, on a bike or in a car.
  • On crossings equipped with flashing lights and gates. Wait for the gates to fully rise before crossing the tracks and obey all warning signs.
  • Wait! If you see a train coming, just wait and let it pass before attempting to cross the tracks.

Be safe while on the train, on platforms and at the station

  • Stand back from the tracks. Stay behind the safety markings on the pavement or platform.
  • When on the train, hold on or sit down. Watch your step when getting on and off of the train, use the handrails.
  • Cross the tracks only where allowed. Don't take shortcuts.
  • Watch the gap between the platform and train car.

We want you and your children to be safe around trains, so please talk to your children about these great safety tips about what to do and what not to do around the trains.