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VRE Safety Pledge

Be Smart. Stay Safe.

Safety is paramount at VRE. We want everyone to be smart and safe – whether you live or work near railroad tracks, or you drive, bike or walk across them during your daily travels. We hope you will take VRE’s Rail Safety Week pledge and abide by these important rail safety measures each day.

VRE operates on tracks used by other railroads. While train traffic is highest during peak commuting hours in the morning and afternoon/evening, freight and Amtrak trains run throughout the day and night. That’s why it always makes sense to expect a train, whether driving, cycling or walking near tracks.

Protect Yourself & Others

Train tracks are not a playground, photo backdrop, or recreation area. They are private property. Crossing at unmarked areas or walking on the tracks are both dangerous and a Class 4 misdemeanor in Virginia. Here are some tips to keep everyone – pedestrians, drivers and cyclists – safe:

  • Only cross railroad tracks at designated crossings 
  • Obey warning signs and signals 
  • Look for a train in both directions before proceeding across the tracks 
  • Turn off music and remove earphones at rail crossings to avoid being distracted 

Drivers should take additional steps to ensure their safety and protect their vehicle: 

  • Remain behind the white line at a crossing while waiting for a train to pass 
  • Check to be sure there is enough space on the other side of the crossing so that your vehicle can completely clear the tracks 
  • Avoid shifting gears while crossing the tracks 

Drivers of vehicles that stall on the tracks should: 

  • Get everyone out and far away immediately, even if no train is in sight 
  • Call the number on the blue-and-white Emergency Notification System (ENS) sign and share the crossing identification number with the dispatcher 
  • Dial 911 if unable to locate the ENS sign 

Cyclists should exercise caution when crossing tracks by: 

  • Walking bicycles across tracks, as narrow wheels can get caught between the rails, toppling the bike and rider 
  • Crossing at a 90-degree angle 
  • Stepping over tracks, not on them, especially in inclement weather when rain can make the rails slippery  
  • Crossing only when able to see clearly in both directions 

Pedestrians should be smart when crossing tracks by: 

  • Choosing a route that allows the use of a designated crossing 
  • Stepping over tracks, not on them, especially in inclement weather when rain can make the rails slippery 
  • Crossing only when able to see clearly in both directions 
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