Rail Safety Is For Everyone!

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Rail Safety Is For Everyone!

Jonathan Budzyna /

Community

September 20 to 27, 2020 is Rail Safety Week across the United States, where railroads work to raise awareness about safe practices around railroad tracks and trains. Vermont Rail System operates trains seven days a week, 24 hours a day, so any time can be train time at grade crossings, bridges, and along our tracks. Never walk, run, cycle, ride a horse, snowmobile, or operate all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) on railroad tracks, rights-of-way, or through tunnels. Even if you have advance warning of an approaching train you may not be able to reach safety in time. When you are near train tracks remove earbuds, as they may prevent you from hearing an approaching train. If you need to cross the tracks do so only at a designated public crossing.


Railroad trestles can be especially dangerous and are not meant to be sidewalks or pedestrian bridges. Do not fish or jump into a lake or river from railroad trestles. Usually, there is only enough clearance on the tracks for a train to pass.

Vermont has miles and miles of well-maintained recreational paths set aside for public use. Be smart – stay on the right path and stay away from the tracks!

A great resource for keeping safe around trains can be found on Operation Lifesaver’s website where you’ll find facts, tips, and safety basics. Visit https://oli.org/safety-near-trains/track-safety-basics to learn more.

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