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Operation Lifesaver safety outreach program starts

"Safety first" is plastered on every RTD light rail vehicle and bus, and there is a reason for that. It is the agency's top priority and it is taken very seriously by every employee and contractor.

Big safety program begins

RTD with its contractor, DTP will begin a massive outreach program early this year to educate the public about safety around the three new commuter rail lines that open in 2016 - East Rail Line to Denver International Airport, the first segment of Northwest Rail Line to Westminster and the Gold Line to Arvada/Wheat Ridge.

Safety outreach along the East Rail Line will begin first because the testing and commissioning process will begin there this spring. That means the new rail cars will be operating on the track between downtown and DIA. Outreach for the Gold Line and Northwest Rail Line to Westminster will begin later in 2015.

Operation Lifesaver

Through the national Operation Lifesaver model, RTD will reach out to 47 schools that are within one-half mile of the track, and some schools even farther out.

This will ensure that nearly 35,000 students, their parents and school faculty learn how to safely maneuver at the new street level train crossings and how to be safe around the new train platforms, which are four feet above the tracks.

Key Safety tips to know

Please share these important safety messages with your family, friends and co-workers:
  • Do not touch or throw objects at the overhead power lines or climb on the power poles — if they are up, they are live with electricity!
  • Never trespass on any train track — it is illegal and dangerous.
  • Cross the tracks only at designated crossings, always follow safety signs and obey warning devices such as flashing red lights and gate arms.
  • Stay alert and look both ways for a train — you may not hear them coming.
  • Never trespass onto construction sites and stay off the train station platforms until they are open to the public.

Electricity awareness

One focus of the program includes making sure everyone is aware of the 25,000-volt AC overhead electrical system that powers the trains. The message for that is simple. Just don't touch any electrical equipment. Remember, if the power line is up, it is live with electricity! That's a message that can't be stressed enough.

New tracks and overhead power lines at DIA

In addition to school outreach, the safety program will offer presentations to organizations for blind and deaf persons as well as those dealing with suicide prevention programs.

For more information on the RTD Operation Lifesaver program for the Eagle P3 project, email Tara Bettale or call her at 303-299-2641.

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