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Either you’re rushing to that early morning meeting, or it’s been a long day and you can’t wait to get home. We realize that you are anxious to get to your final destination after reaching your station, but rushing to get on or off the train is unsafe.
As the steps on most trains are steep, it is easy to lose your balance if you do not board or detrain in a slow or orderly fashion.
Most slips, trips and falls happen when people are moving too fast. Stay safe—don’t rush.
And since we're on the topic of taking one's time, please take the time and read some more safety reminders:
Stay Behind the Yellow Line
We have seen many instances of our passengers crowding along the edge of the platform as the train approaches. Many of them are standing on the yellow tactile edge as the train is coming into the station. This is a dangerous practice as it leaves no margin for error.
Think of it this way: If a person is bumped, they could easily fall into the path of the train. Or, if a bag or other item is at large, it could get hooked by part of the engine and a terrible accident could occur.
Passengers not only need to stay behind the yellow tactile edge to ensure their safety, they should stay well behind the line. There are many other reasons, but the point remains the same. Standing back may not get you on the train first, but it will ensure that you can board the train.
Parking Lot Safety
General parking lot safety reminders include driving slowly and cautiously while watching out for both pedestrians and vehicles. Also, be sure to obey all traffic signs, signals, and directional pointers.
For those passengers using the parking garage in Woodbridge, Burke Centre and Manassas, it is always a good idea to have your lights on inside the garage. This way you can see (and are seen by) others.
Also, parking lots are not international raceways. Whether you are backing up, pulling in, or driving through, be on the look out for people in every direction. If you’re zipping around a lot at top speeds, an accident is bound to occur. Then think of the time you’ll really lose.
The same goes tenfold during winter weather. People are driving about with windows still fogged. Slick spots dapple the ground front frost, rain, and snow. You want to be able to stop on a dine, and driving slowly will be the only way to do that. In wintry conditions, give yourself that extra bit of time. Never be in a hurry. It’s hard to be careful when you’re in a hurry.
For many of us, cell phones and other electronic devices have become appendages of necessity. It is therefore, a good idea to occasionally remind oneself that these items are, for better or for worse, devices of distraction. Just as anything that causes a distraction, they can factor in slips, trips and falls. As a simple reminder, when boarding, moving about the train, or detraining, please refrain from using these devices. Not only will you be able to hear what is going on around you, but you will have your hands free to catch yourself should you stumble.
Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs)
Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) are located within a three minute response time on all of our trains (in the cab car of all trains with 5 or less cars, or in the first and fourth cars of all trains with more than 5 cars).
Prominently displayed brochure racks mounted inside all railcars carry a brochure instructing passengers to notify a crewmember immediately if they or someone near them needs help. It also describes early symptoms of Sudden Cardiac Arrest, which includes unresponsiveness, loss of consciousness, loss of pulse or loss of breathing.
For your safety and for the safety of others, please familiarize yourself with the brochure and with the location of your train’s AED.
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- Crystal City Station Improvements
The Crystal City Station Improvements project is scheduled to complete the Preliminary Engineering (PE) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review phase of the project by spring 2021. The station improvements include an island platform with two entrances within the existing railroad right-of-way.