Be smart around railroad tracks
OAKLAND – Just a reminder to be safe around railroad tracks every day and especially during the upcoming summer travel season. Capitol Corridor trains travel through suburban towns and big cities – along quiet roads and down the middle of urban thoroughfares carrying passengers to summer travel destinations like the Bay Area and Sacramento.
According to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), in 2016, California registered 191 casualties from trespassers on the railroad tracks. That is a 38.4 percent increase from 2015. Of these casualties, 101 of them were fatal, which is a 17.4 percent increase from 2015. In 2016, California registered 167 Grade Crossing Vehicle Incidents, which is an 11.3 percent increase from 2015. Of these incidents, 52 of them were fatal which is a 79 percent increase from 2015. These statistics make California #1 in Trespasser Casualties and # 2 in Grade Crossing Incidents. Trains and the tracks they travel on can be dangerous if simple safety rules are not followed.
Rail Safety Tips
- Follow directional signs and warning signals when crossing tracks.
- Whether in a car, on a bike, or on foot, never try to beat or go around a crossing bar, even if it is not all the way down.
- Cross the tracks only at designated crossing areas. Doing so anywhere else is not only dangerous, but also illegal.
- Use caution when using cellphones and remove headphones when nearby or crossing the tracks.
- Never stop your car on railroad tracks. If you cannot move your car due to traffic congestion or mechanical issues, get out of the car and off of the tracks.
- Report suspicious items, persons, or activity immediately to the Amtrak Police Department by approaching a uniformed officer, calling (800) 331-0008, sending a text to APD11 (27311), or by calling 911. Enter these numbers in your cellphone.
For additional safety tips, please visit California Operation Lifesaver at www.caol.us.
For More Information
- Amtrak Contact
- 510 238.4360
- Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority
- 510 464.6992
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About Capitol Corridor®
The Capitol Corridor serves 17 stations along the 170-mile rail corridor connecting Placer, Sacramento, Yolo, Solano, Contra Costa, Alameda, San Francisco and Santa Clara counties, paralleling both the I-80/I-680 and I-880 corridors in segments from Sacramento to San Jose. The Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (CCJPA) partners with Amtrak, Union Pacific Railroad, Caltrans and the communities comprising the CCJPA to offer cost-effective intercity passenger rail and offers a convenient way to travel between the Sierra Foothills, Sacramento, the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley/San Jose. For details about the Capitol Corridor, visit capitolcorridor.org or call 1-877-974-3322. Join us on Facebook at facebook.com/CapitolCorridor and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/CapitolCorridor