The safety of motorists, pedestrians and construction workers is RCTC’s highest priority. With increased rail activity in the area, it is extremely important to stay away from railroad tracks and only cross at designated crossings.

About every three hours, a person or vehicle is hit by a train in the United States. On foot or in a vehicle, the result is the same -- severe injury or even death. In 2013, California led the country in railroad injuries and deaths. Trespassing on railroad tracks is a crime. Do not be a statistic and please remember to:

  • Only cross train tracks at designated crossings, look both ways, and cross the tracks quickly, without stopping.
  • Never race a train to the crossing — even if you tie, you lose.
  • The train you see is closer and faster-moving than you think. If you see a train approaching, wait for it to pass before you proceed across the tracks.
  • Be aware that trains cannot stop quickly. Even if the locomotive engineer sees you, a freight train moving at 55 miles per hour can take a mile or more to stop once the emergency brakes are applied.
  • Never drive or walk around lowered gates — it’s illegal and deadly. If you suspect a signal is malfunctioning, call the 1-800 number posted on or near the crossing signal or your local law enforcement agency.
  • Do not get trapped on the tracks; proceed through a highway-rail grade crossing only if you are sure you can completely clear the crossing without stopping.
  • If your vehicle stalls on a track with a train coming, get out immediately.

Trespassing on railroad tracks is a crime.

For more information about railroad safety please visit Operation Lifesaver’s website or visit