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Know how to be safe around trains

RTD has light rail and commuter trains running on its system, and it's important to know how to stay safe around them. Some run in streets along with traffic, some cross roadways and safety is key at all train stations.

Light rail trains are powered by overhead electrical lines. The video shows crews installing overhead wire to power the trains on the R Line.

This information is important to talk you your kids about, and to share with everyone since trains are about to start testing. Here are some resources for you in addition to the safety tips below:

Overhead electric wires are dangerous

  • The wires above the train are extremely high voltage. Don't try to touch them or reach them with an object.
  • If the wires are up, it means they are electrified. Don't throw things at the wires or go near them.

Be safe near the train tracks

  • Trains are running on the streets with vehicles in parts of Aurora.
  • Look both ways when crossing tracks. RTD light rail trains come from both directions and can run at anytime day or night.
  • Trains cannot stop for you if you're in the way. A train might not look like it's going very fast, but it's so big and heavy that it takes a long distance to stop.
  • Trains are wider than the train tracks, so don't stand too close to the tracks.

Be alert when crossing tracks

  • Don't be distracted. Avoid listening to music or using your phone while around trains and tracks.
  • Cross only at designated crossing no matter if you are on foot, on a bike or in a car.
  • Some crossings have flashing lights and gates. Wait for the gates to fully rise before crossing the tracks and obey all warning signs.
  • Wait! If you see a train coming, just wait and let it pass before crossing the tracks.

Be safe while on the train and at the station

  • Stay alert. RTD's light rail trains are electric and they can be surprisingly quiet.
  • Stand back from the tracks. Stay behind the safety markings on the pavement.
  • When on the train, hold on or sit down. Watch your step when getting on and off of the train.
  • Cross the tracks only where allowed. Don't take shortcuts.
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Light rail train on a test run near the Florida Station on the R Line

We want you and your children to be safe around trains, so please talk to your children about these tips that are great information about what to do and what not to do around the commuter trains.

RTD will continue the education process with schools and neighborhood groups to raise awareness about safety on and near trains. If you have questions or would like to request more information you can call 303-299-2673.