It’s been more than 60 years since passenger rail last entered Santa Monica, and now we’re seeing test trains roll through each and every day. As we enter the last month of pre-revenue testing, we’ll continue to see increasingly frequent train operations between Culver City and Santa Monica. That means it’s increasingly important to watch out for trains!
Here are a few safety tips everyone should observe around train tracks whether you’re on foot or in a car:
- Use designated crossing areas and wait for the walk/crossing signal.
- If the gates are down, do not attempt to go around them.
- If a train is coming, be sure to stay behind the yellow warning stripes.
- Always stop, look, and listen for trains before crossing the tracks, and be sure to look both ways. If you have headphones on, take them off or turn the sound down!
- Never race a train to a crossing.
- Never climb railroad vehicles or walk on the tracks.
- Before starting across the tracks, be sure there’s room to get completely across.
Metro also has safety ambassadors at some of the new stations to help local communities get used to the new lights and bells. The safety ambassadors not only show people the proper way to cross rail intersections, they also hand out information on Metro services and programs and take down feedback from the community. If you see them out there, feel free to stop and say hi!