National Rail Safety Week is this September 22-28. The goal of Rail Safety Week is to raise awareness across the United States of the need for rail safety education, and to empower the general public to keep themselves safe near rail crossings and railroad rights-of-way.
Rio Metro and the New Mexico Rail Runner Express support Rail Safety Week, an awareness campaign designed by Operation Lifesaver, Inc. in partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation.
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Meet our Staff
Safety is the number one priority for Rio Metro and the New Mexico Rail Runner Express. Meet some of our staff and find out their tips for staying safe around trains and railroad tracks.
Terry Doyle,Director, Rio Metro Regional Transit District
Terry's Rail Safety Tip: As an agency, safety is our number one priority. Always remember, the train can’t see you and it can’t stop on a dime.
Robert Gonzales, Operations Manager
Robert's Rail Safety Tip: Don't get hurt; stay alert.
Matthew Stone, Operations Supervisor
Matthew's Rail Safety Tip: Always be aware of your surroundings around the tracks. Even standing railroad cars can move at any time.
Gilberto Melgarejo, General Manager, Herzog Transit Services, Inc.
Gil's Rail Safety Tip: Safety is no accident.
Stephanie Paiz, Program Support Coordinator
Stephanie's Rail Safety Tip: Being on the tracks is trespassing. It is both dangerous and illegal.
James Breiterman, Senior Train Dispatcher
James's Rail Safety Tip: If the gate arms are down at a railroad crossing, do not drive around them. Even if you don’t see a train coming. It’s better to be safe than to be in a rush and regret it.
Vincent Garcia, Track Supervisor
Vincent's Rail Safety Tip: Don’t park on the track when you come to a road crossing. A train or a high rail vehicle can come at any time.
Josh Brennan, Materials Supervisor
Josh's Rail Safety Tip: Always stay off the tracks, and look for approaching trains.
Trax, New Mexico Rail Runner Express Mascot
Trax's Rail Safety Tip: Look, Listen, Live!
Rio Metro Marketing Staff
Marketing Staff Safety Tip: Don’t be distracted. Stay focused, stay alive!
Rio Metro Customer Service Staff
Customer Service Safety Tip: Always be aware of your surroundings.
Rio Metro Operations Staff
Operations Staff Safety Tip: Always be alert and stay behind the yellow lines at train stations.