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Staying Safe When Traveling by Commuter Rail In College Park

Jan 13, 2016

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Safety is of the utmost importance while traveling in public transportation, and traveling by commuter rail is no different.

To avoid a trip to a College Park personal injury chiropractor, consider the following safety tips.

Crossing the Tracks

  • Only cross commuter rail tracks in spots that are designated crossings.
  • Watch for a second train when crossing tracks and don’t pass until you are sure that all tracks are clear.
  • Know that commuter trains operate in a push-pull mode, meaning passengers can travel on either track either direction.
  • Be aware that trains can be hard to hear, especially when snow, the wind, or rain is present.

At the Station

  • Keep children close to you while waiting for your train.
  • Be aware that trains may not be slowing down or stopping at the station while you are waiting.
  • Stand behind yellow safety lines at stations when waiting to board your train.
  • Stay back from the platform edge and don’t sit along it.
  • Refrain from running next to or after a moving train.

Getting on and Off

  • Only exit or board a train where a conductor is located.
  • Be careful of the gap when you step off and on the train.
  • Never exit or board a train that is moving.
  • Always hold handrails when going down or upstairs on the train.

At Crossings

  • Never go on a crossing unless the arms are fully upright and flashing lights are off.
  • Don’t stop on a crossing under any circumstance.
  • Don’t shift gears if driving on the tracks, and get out of your vehicle and off the tracks, if your car stalls on them.

During Inclement Weather

  • Arrive at the station early.
  • Never open your side or trap doors.
  • Take care when exiting or boarding the train, as weather conditions can cause slip and fall accidents due to slick or slippery platforms.
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