First-class cities across the country and around the world have been operating at-grade light rail systems safely and efficiently for decades. From Melbourne to Madrid to Minneapolis, passengers travel safely on light rail every day.
Studies show light rail is a safe way to travel and that light rail accidents are less prevalent than accidents on other forms of public transit in the United States (Bureau of Transportation Statistics).
The Expo Line will be built according to the same safety standards as the Metro Gold Line to Pasadena – one of the safest rail lines in the country. The Expo Line will incorporate the best design elements and state-of-the-art safety features of modern light rail systems, including:
- Signals and barriers at gated crossings
- Bells and flashing lights to alert pedestrians and motorists of approaching trains
- Countdown timers at crosswalks to alert pedestrians of the time remaining to safely cross the intersection
- Enhanced crosswalks with signage, striping, and audio features to assist pedestrians
- Measures to prevent vehicles from stopping on the train tracks
To further encourage safety, Metro’s Rail Safety Education Program teaches bike, bus, and rail safety to children, teens, and adults. Promoted through area schools, the program also provides educational materials for teachers and community groups, as well as online games and quizzes for kids.