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
- 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.
Obey all traffic signs and signals
If your car stalls on the 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.