Light Rail Safety Tips

Hampton Roads Transit wants you to be safe when riding light rail.  Just follow these safety tips and enjoy the ride:

Safety on the Platform…

  • Use designated crosswalks and sidewalks to reach the station. Never walk in a traffic lane.
  • Always stand behind the red rumbled strips.
  • Don’t stand on or near the tracks. Light rail trains overhang tracks by 3 feet on each side and the train can hit you if you are not a safe distance away.
  • The train stops at all designated stations.
  • Always hold small children’s hands while waiting for the train.
  • Emergency Call boxes are located on each platform: in the event of an emergency, press the red button and you will be directed to 911.

When boarding…

  • Doors will not always open on their own. Press the button, it will light up green and the doors will open.
  • Allow others to exit before boarding.
  • Keep children close and board together.
  • Do not hold doors open when they start to close or place objects in a closing door.

Safety on the Train…

  • Don’t lean or press on the doors.
  • Keep your feet on the floor and do not extend arms, legs or personal items into the aisle.
  • The train will stop at every station. Do not try to exit at non designated stops.
  • Do not block doorways or emergency exits.
  • Use handrails when standing.
  • Do not disturb the train operator when the train is in motion
  • Always hold on to small children.
  • Never try to get off of a temporarily stopped or disabled train; obey all crew instructions.
  • Emergency call boxes are located on each train; in the event of an emergency, press the red button and you will be directed to the operator of the train.

When exiting…

  • Always wait until the train has come to a complete stop before  exiting.
  • Always exit through the door nearest you.
  • Do not cross in front of the train; allow the train to pass before crossing the tracks.

Overhead Electrical Power System Safety…

  • Stay away from all overhead wires that power the train. These high voltage wires can cause serious injury and even death.
  • Never throw items at overhead electrical lines.
  • Never touch a fallen electrical line.
  • Never climb a catenary (power system) pole.
  • Do not sit or play on/near power substations.
  • Never try to get off of a temporarily stopped or disabled train; obey all crew instructions.
For more light rail safety tips, visit Operation Lifesaver, Inc..