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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 mobility and economic growth.

Now that some activities are resuming following the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, people are out and about and looking for things to do. Though it may be tempting to walk on the tracks or take pictures there, remember: When you see tracks, think train!

As this video reminds us, tempting fate may lead to death or injury. According to the Federal Railroad Administration, there were nearly 1,100 pedestrian rail trespass casualties (fatalities + injuries) in 2020, the majority of them in California.

For your safety, please remember:

  • 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.

For more information about train safety, please visit here.