Be Smart. Be Safe.
Safety is a top priority for SunRail. We want everyone to be smart and safe – whether you live and work near railroad tracks, or you drive, bike or walk over them during your daily travels.
SunRail utilizes existing train tracks, and we aren’t the only train you can find along Central Florida railways. During high commute periods, there are more trains on tracks traveling with greater frequency. SunRail trains are quieter than typical freight and Amtrak trains. By practicing reasonable driving, cycling and pedestrian habits, you can ensure your own safety – and that of others – around the rail.
AROUND THE TRACKS
By staying alert and taking simple precautions around the rail, you can stay safe. It’s important to remember that train tracks are not a playground, photo studio, walking path or recreation area. Train tracks are private property. Crossing at unmarked areas, or walking on the tracks, is extremely dangerous and a criminal offense.
Make sure that your vehicle is clear of the intersection and behind the white line always. This is especially vital when warning signals start to flash at rail crossings and the gates come down. At some crossings near SunRail stations, the gates may come up while the train is in the station to allow for cars to pass while passengers are boarding and deboarding. Once the train starts moving, the gates will come back down. Again, please use caution at railroad crossings.
Some stations feature pedestrian gates, which come down to stop pedestrian traffic as the train approaches or is in the station. Always remember, there could be a second train approaching from the other direction at any time.
Stay Vigilant at Railroad Crossings
Ronald Batory, lifelong railroader and Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration, speaks to railway safety. Through an analysis of national statistics, he explains the importance of signal compliance and railway education.
I’m a proud lifelong railroader. After working in the industry for 45-plus years, I know the power of trains. Railroads are an indispensable part of our national transportation system and a key driver of the American economy. 134,000 rail route miles crisscross our nation, with over 200,000 public and private highway-rail… Click Here to Continue Reading