Metro’s Rail Safety Program works year-round to educate riders, pedestrians and motorist on the importance of rail safety.
This is hugely important topic. As many of you know, three of our light rail lines have sections that run at street level. The same will be true of our upcoming light rail projects including the K Line, L Line extension to Pomona and the light rail line that will run in the middle of Van Nuys Boulevard when it’s built.
Incidents between trains and motorists, people and cyclists are overall rare — but they do happen, often with serious consequences. Trains are huge and can’t stop on a dime. Rail safety is even more important in a day and age when there are so many digital distractions such as smartphones and headphones.
The benefits of rail transit are enormous in terms of speed and capacity and we want everyone to enjoy those benefits safely. But we need people to be aware of their surroundings.
That’s why our Rail Safety program conducts rail safety presentations to schools, recreation centers and libraries within a half-mile radius of the A Line (Blue), E Line (Expo), L Line (Gold), and K Line (Crenshaw/LAX).
This year to recognize September Rail Safety Month, the program is pushing our Metro Safety Kids videos. The videos focus on the do and don’ts when riding Metro. The safety videos will be promoted throughout the month of September and remind everyone of these safety tips from our set of videos from 2020:
Metro’s Rail Safety team, in collaboration Metrolink and Amtrak, will hosting interactive informational booths at Union Station’s East Portal on Thursday, September 1st from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. to kick off Rail Safety Month. Be sure to stop by, say hello and learn about our safety programs.
When around trains stay alert and remember, Safety Begins with You.