Here’s the news release from Metro:
To increase rail safety awareness during September, Metro Safety staff will be visiting several rail stations passing out safety information, providing safety tips and discussing safety issues around trains and tracks with Metro Rail patrons.
The effort coincides with Railroad Safety Month in California established to raise awareness about the importance of proper safety around California railroad tracks and highway-rail grade crossings.
The Metro Blue, Red, Purple, Expo, Gold and Green line stations will be visited during rush hours, mostly in the morning hours during September.
“Safety has always been Metro’s top priority,” said Metro Transit Safety Programs Manager Barbara Burns. “Metro has developed a program focused on education, engineering, and enforcement, but we need the public’s cooperation. We need them to pay attention to their surroundings, to listen to the sounds, bells and whistles of trains approaching, to look around when they are near the rail tracks.”
Metro Safety staff will be at different rail stations throughout the month of September passing out safety information, promoting safety to patrons and responding to questions or providing safety tips while patrons wait for their train.
On the Metro Blue Line, Metro Safety staff will be available from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. on the sidewalks by the exit at the Vernon Station on Sept. 6, Florence Station on Sept. 7, 103rd/Watts Towers Station on Sept. 10, Willowbrook Station on Sept. 11, upstairs (Green Line) and downstairs (Blue Line), and on Sept. 12 at Artesia Station.
On the Metro Expo Line, Metro Safety staff will be available from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. on the sidewalks by the stations at the Expo Park/USC Station on Sept. 13, Vermont Station on Sept. 14, and Western Station on Sept. 17. On the Metro Gold Line Highland Park Station on Sept. 18, Mission Station on Sept. 19, Filmore Station on Sept. 20, Pico/Aliso Station on Sept. 21, Indiana Station on Sept. 24, and E.L.A. Civic Center Station on Sept. 25.
To reach patrons from the Metro Blue, Expo, Purple and Red Lines, Metro Safety staff will be on the Figueroa Street side of the Metro Blue Line escalators at 7th St./Metro Center station on Sept. 26 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sept. 28 from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m..
At Union Station, Metro Safety staff will be at the East Portal area leading to the Metro Red/Purple Lines on Sept. 27 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Metro cautions riders to avoid texting, talking on the phone or listening to music through headphones near the tracks or on station platforms. Remember to always Stop, Listen, Look and Stay Alive around train tracks. For more information on rail safety, visit metro.net.
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