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Rail Safety: Look, Listen, Live!

rail-safety-logo-headerDid you know that there are over 100 railroad crossings in the 97 mile Rail Runner Express corridor? Not every train crossing is marked with warning bells, lights or gates. With so many distractions, it’s important to remember that at any time of the day, you may find yourself near a train coming from any direction on any track. Trains are fun to watch, but walking and playing near them can be dangerous. Rio Metro reminds youth to always expect a train. 




Tips for Train Safety:

Look twice.

Look both ways and listen before crossing the tracks. Expect a train at any time and from either direction.

Heads up.

Avoid dangerous distractions such as texting, loud music or headphones that would prevent you from hearing an approaching train.

Stand back.

Always stay behind the yellow lines at train stations. Enter or exit a station platform at designated areas.

Stay off the tracks.

Train tracks, bridges and yards are private property. Never walk, bike, skateboard or run on or along the tracks; it’s illegal and dangerous. Cross only at designated rail crossings.

Hold hands.

Hold hands with smaller children while at stations and crossings.

Just wait.

Don’t ever try to “beat” a train. An approaching train is closer and moving faster than you think. Don’t assume the operator sees you and do not step in front of a train for any reason.

See something? Say something.

Report suspicious packages, activities, and/or persons by calling 911, or by pushing the red emergency call button on station kiosks.

Remember to obey all warning signs and signals. LOOK, LISTEN, LIVE!

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The Rio Metro Regional Transit District and the New Mexico Rail Runner Express have partnered with the New Mexico Department of Transportation to provide rail safety awareness and education from Belen to Santa Fe. Through this effort, we are dedicated to the safety of railroaders and citizens, rail property and trains. The ‘Rail Safety: Look, Listen, Live!’ campaign encourages youth to become familiar with rules and tips to ensure that everyone stays safe on or nearby train tracks and at train stations.

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