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Railroad Safety Tips

At Caltrain safety is number one. Accidents on the tracks are always preventable by paying attention and observing a few rail safety tips.

Know and follow the safety tips and share them with your loved ones.

The only safe place to cross a railroad tracks is at designated public crossing. If you cross at any other place, you are trespassing and can be ticketed or fined.

It can take a mile or more to stop a train, so a locomotive engineer who suddenly sees someone on the tracks will likely be unable to stop in time. Even though they might look as if they’re moving rather slowly, Caltrain reaches a top speed of 79 miles per hour. At that speed, they cover the length of a football field in less than three seconds!

Trains overhang the tracks by at least three feet in both directions; loose straps hanging from rail cars may extend even further. If you are in the right-of-way next to the tracks, you can be hit by the train.

Do not cross the tracks immediately after a train passes. A second train might be blocked by the first. Trains can come from either direction. Wait until you can see clearly around the first train in both directions.

Flashing red lights indicate a train is approaching from either direction. You can be fined for failure to obey these signals. Never walk around or behind lowered gates at a crossing, and DO NOT cross the tracks until the lights have stopped flashing and it's safe to do so.

For your safety, it is illegal to be on railroad tracks unless you are at a designated public crossing.
help hotline

Suicide Prevention

Suicide is a serious public health problem that takes an enormous toll on families, friends, classmates, co-workers and communities. The suicides that occur on the Caltrain right of way impact hundreds of people, from the riders on board the train or waiting at the station, to the engineer and conductor operating the train. Service can be delayed for several hours as emergency personnel attend to the scene and law enforcement officials investigate the event. Even Caltrain’s administrative personnel feel the impact of these tragic incidents.

But suicide can be prevented. Help is available. The following agencies are a valuable resource for anyone facing a mental health crisis.

Suicide Prevention Resources
- San Francisco County
- San Mateo County
- Santa Clara County


Stay Alert Near Train Tracks!

Never drive onto a railroad crossing until you are sure the traffic ahead has left enough space to drive across without boxing you in. Do not shift gears while driving across the tracks. If your vehicle stalls on the crossing get everyone out and get off the tracks. Call 911 or 1.877.SAF.RAIL (1.877.723.7245) to report the situation.

And Always Remember...... Be Smart, Be Safe.... Wait for the Gate!
(See Caltrain Wait for the Gate Campaign Video below)

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