BNSF urges the public to be safe near railroad tracks as summer’s longer days and warmer temperatures near. Crossing railroad tracks away from a designated crossing is both illegal and dangerous. Please heed these easy steps to ensure your safety near the railroad:
- Always expect a train at any time. Trains don’t travel on fixed times, and schedules for passenger trains often change.
- Never walk on tracks. It’s illegal trespass and highly dangerous. It takes the average freight train travelling at 55 mph more than a mile to stop.
- Trains have the right of way 100 percent of the time over cars, police, pedestrians and emergency vehicles.
- Trains can extend three feet or more beyond the steel rail. This makes the danger zone larger than the tracks themselves. If there are rails on the railroad ties, always assume the track is in use.
- Cross train tracks only at designated pedestrian or roadway crossings. Obey all warnings signs and signals for your own safety.