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  • Rail Safety and You

  • The Penalty for Trespassing Could Be Your Life

    About every three hours, a person or vehicle is struck by a train, according to Operation Lifesaver.

    Stay safe by:

    • Crossing only at designated pedestrian or roadway crossings. It's safer, and crossing anywhere else is illegal.
    • Staying alert around railroad tracks. Avoid texting, headphones, or other distractions. Today's trains are very quiet and they don't always sound their horns.
    • Remembering that it takes about one mile—the length of 18 football fields—for a train to stop.
    • Expecting a train at any time. Trains can move in either direction at any time, day or night.

    See tracks? Think train!

     

     

    Trains are part of Orange County Life

    With 34 cities and a population of more than 3 million, Orange County is the third largest county in California. Every day, trains contribute to our mobility and economic growth. This rail safety information will help you coexist with them whether you are on foot or in a vehicle.

    To keep Orange County rail safe, OCTA enhanced 52 railroad crossings with upgraded and updated equipment and signage while helping silence train horns for local communities. OCTA's OC Bridges program separates freight trains from vehicular traffic along the Orangethorpe Corridor in Anaheim, Fullerton, and Placentia.

  • Trains are part of Orange County Life

    With 34 cities and a population of more than 3 million, Orange County is the third largest county in California. Every day, trains contribute to our mobility and economic growth. This rail safety information will help you coexist with them whether you are on foot or in a vehicle.

    To keep Orange County rail safe, OCTA enhanced 52 railroad crossings with upgraded and updated equipment and signage while helping silence train horns for local communities. OCTA's OC Bridges program separates freight trains from vehicular traffic along the Orangethorpe Corridor in Anaheim, Fullerton, and Placentia.

    Stay off the tracks.

    Tracks are for trains. They are private property. Walking, biking, jogging or playing on or near the train tracks is considered trespassing and is illegal. In 2017, about 1,081 people suffered injuries or death related to crossing crashes and pedestrian-train incidents.

    Stay focused to stay alive.

    Always expect a train. Trains are quieter than ever and travel faster than you think. Deaths and injuries from crossing crashes and pedestrian-train incidents are on the rise. Why? Texting, headphones and other distractions. Pedestrians should always stop, look and listen for a train before crossing the tracks at designated pedestrian crossings.

    Never try to beat a train.

    Only cross tracks if you are sure your vehicle can clear the tracks without stopping. Remember that trains can take up to a mile to come to a complete stop.

    Pay attention to signs.

    Warning signs save lives. Approach all crossings with care, and do not ignore any warning signs or gates. If your children cross tracks on the way to school, make sure they can read, understand and follow the signs.

    Crossbuck
    To report an emergency or warning device malfunction, call the telephone number on the Emergency Notification System (ENS) sign, and provide the seven-digit (six numbers and one letter) crossing identification code to identify your location. This sign might be posted on the crossbuck post or signal post. If you cannot locate the ENS sign, call 911 or your local police.
    Crossbuck
    Never stop on railroad tracks; it’s illegal and dangerous. When you stop around a railroad track, make sure the front and the back of your vehicle are 15 feet from the nearest rail.
    Crossbuck
    Yield Sign
    Some communities have established Quiet Zones where train horns will not routinely sound. Look for No Train Horn signs that may be attached to the Advanced Warning Signs. Always be alert near railroad tracks and look both ways. A train could be coming from either direction at any time.
    Crossbuck
    Yield Sign
    Look both ways before crossing railroad tracks. Stay alert! Be aware there could be a 2nd train approaching from either direction on another track. Always obey the signs and signals at railroad crossings. Any time is train time!

    52 Railroad Crossings

    To keep Orange County rail safe, OCTA partnered with eight cities to enhance 52 railroad crossings. The $90 million program upgraded track developments and signal coordination, installed new barriers and warning signs and allowed cities to establish quiet zones for local communities. Funded by Measure M, Orange County’s half-cent sales transportation tax, the countywide improvements feature safety enhancements for pedestrians and motorists and include a robust rail safety awareness campaign. OCTA also continues to launch programs like OC Bridges to separate freight train from vehicular traffic.

    Keep kids rail safe

    California Operation Lifesaver has trained volunteers available to provide important safety information. They provide rail safety education for a variety of audiences, including: Schools – students, Drivers Ed, business, Law enforcement, Emergency Responders, Professional Truck Drivers, School Bus Drivers, Community Groups and more. Visit the Operation Lifesaver website for more rail safety educational resources to use in your classroom. To request a free rail safety presentation visit California Operation Lifesaver: http://www.caol.us/presentations-lessons-plans-videos-students.htm.

    Click on the link below to read rail safety tips you can share with your kids, download rail safety activity and comic books, and play an interactive rail safety game!

    For more information, please visit the Operation Lifesaver website

    Rail Safety Tips

    Trains are part of Orange County Life

    With 34 cities and a population of more than 3 million, Orange County is the third largest county in California. Every day, trains contribute to our mobility and economic growth. This rail safety information will help you coexist with them whether you are on foot or in a vehicle.

    To keep Orange County rail safe, OCTA enhanced 52 railroad crossings with upgraded and updated equipment and signage while helping silence train horns for local communities. OCTA's OC Bridges program separates freight trains from vehicular traffic along the Orangethorpe Corridor in Anaheim, Fullerton, and Placentia.

    Stay off the tracks.

    Tracks are for trains. They are private property. Walking, biking, jogging or playing on or near the train tracks is considered trespassing and is illegal. In 2017, about 1,081 people suffered injuries or death related to crossing crashes and pedestrian-train incidents.

    Stay focused to stay alive.

    Always expect a train. Trains are quieter than ever and travel faster than you think. Deaths and injuries from crossing crashes and pedestrian-train incidents are on the rise. Why? Texting, headphones and other distractions. Pedestrians should always stop, look and listen for a train before crossing the tracks at designated pedestrian crossings.

    Never try to beat a train.

    Only cross tracks if you are sure your vehicle can clear the tracks without stopping. Remember that trains can take up to a mile to come to a complete stop.

    Pay attention to signs.

    Warning signs save lives. Approach all crossings with care, and do not ignore any warning signs or gates. If your children cross tracks on the way to school, make sure they can read, understand and follow the signs.

    WARNING SIGNS
    Crossbuck
    To report an emergency or warning device malfunction, call the telephone number on the Emergency Notification System (ENS) sign, and provide the seven-digit (six numbers and one letter) crossing identification code to identify your location. This sign might be posted on the crossbuck post or signal post. If you cannot locate the ENS sign, call 911 or your local police.
    Crossbuck
    Never stop on railroad tracks; it’s illegal and dangerous. When you stop around a railroad track, make sure the front and the back of your vehicle are 15 feet from the nearest rail.
    Crossbuck
    Yield Sign
    Some communities have established Quiet Zones where train horns will not routinely sound. Look for No Train Horn signs that may be attached to the Advanced Warning Signs. Always be alert near railroad tracks and look both ways. A train could be coming from either direction at any time.
    Crossbuck
    Yield Sign
    Look both ways before crossing railroad tracks. Stay alert! Be aware there could be a 2nd train approaching from either direction on another track. Always obey the signs and signals at railroad crossings. Any time is train time!
    Rail Safety Programs

    52 Railroad Crossings

    To keep Orange County rail safe, OCTA partnered with eight cities to enhance 52 railroad crossings. The $90 million program upgraded track developments and signal coordination, installed new barriers and warning signs and allowed cities to establish quiet zones for local communities. Funded by Measure M, Orange County’s half-cent sales transportation tax, the countywide improvements feature safety enhancements for pedestrians and motorists and include a robust rail safety awareness campaign. OCTA also continues to launch programs like OC Bridges to separate freight train from vehicular traffic.

    Keep kids rail safe

    California Operation Lifesaver has trained volunteers available to provide important safety information. They provide rail safety education for a variety of audiences, including: Schools – students, Drivers Ed, business, Law enforcement, Emergency Responders, Professional Truck Drivers, School Bus Drivers, Community Groups and more. Visit the Operation Lifesaver website for more rail safety educational resources to use in your classroom. To request a free rail safety presentation visit California Operation Lifesaver: http://www.caol.us/presentations-lessons-plans-videos-students.htm.

    Click on the link below to read rail safety tips you can share with your kids, download rail safety activity and comic books, and play an interactive rail safety game!

    Other Information

    For more information, please visit the Operation Lifesaver website

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