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Drivers guide to train safety

Stay safe & sound when driving around trains

Stay alert around tracks and trains

  • Obey all traffic signals
  • Never stop on tracks
  • Trains can come on any track in either direction at any time
  • Never drive around a downed crossing gate -- your life is worth the wait

Link light rail

  • Light rail trains share the road with cars, buses, motorcycles and pedestrians
  • Left or U-turns are allowed only on green arrow at designated intersections
  • When waiting for a green signal, always stop behind the crosswalk
  • Look for approaching trains before turning
  • Be sure you can completely clear the intersection before you make a turn

Sounder trains

  • Cross tracks only at designated crossings
  • Passenger and freight trains pass by stations at high speeds
  • Look all ways for approaching trains before crossing tracks
  • Be sure you can completely cross the tracks before you proceed

Stop on Red

Always stop behind the crosswalk; look all ways for approaching trains before turning.
stop on red


When turning by tracks

U-turns and left turns only at designated intersections.

left turn

 

Obey all traffic signs and signals


You may save your life!

Recognizing these symbols will help you avoid an accident or injury.

train approaching

Train approaching


Train is approaching when displayed

no left turn

Left turn or U-turns are prohibited

Turning left or making a U-turn is prohibited

no driving on tracks

Do not drive on tracks

Driving on tracks is prohibited

no stopping on tracks

Do not stop on tracks

When crossing tracks at an intersection, never stop on tracks

gated crossing

Gated crossing

STOP when the lights begin flashing. A train is approaching. Remain stopped until the gates go up and the lights stop flashing. Proceed when it is safe. NEVER drive around crossing gate arms.

If your car stalls on the tracks

stalled on tracks

If your car stalls on the tracks and a train approaches, get everyone out of the car immediately. Move away from the tracks at a 45-degree angle in the direction of the oncoming train. If your vehicle is hit, debris will spread out from the tracks in the same direction the train is moving. When you are safely away from the tracks, call 9-1-1.

 

If you have safety questions or concerns about driving, walking, or cycling near Sound Transit facilities, please contact Carol Doering at (206) 398-5095 or via e-mail. We’re happy to provide information or give a group safety presentation.