October 2, 2013
Caltrain capped off Rail Safety Month with a film festival featuring student-produced films about rail safety.
In August, student filmmakers from Fresh Takes, a youth digital arts
program, received rail safety awareness training and toured the property
with Caltrain staff
to learn about the challenges faced by commuter rail systems operating
through a densely populated service area. Caltrain has worked for more
than 20 years to educate the Peninsula community about how to stay safe
while living, working and going to school near an active rail corridor.
with these students to produce rail safety messages is a powerful way
to help us connect with the next generation of Peninsula residents who
share their communities with our tracks,” said Chuck Harvey, Caltrain’s
deputy CEO, operations, construction and engineering. “These videos are a
powerful tool for reminding our youth that nothing is worth more than
The messages in the videos
were consistent — when near an active railroad, be aware, be cautious,
and be safe. The delivery of these core messages covers a wide range,
from powerfully emphasizing the tragedy of inattention to a more light
hearted approach to keeping kids away from the tracks. To view the
videos, visit Caltrain’s blog Peninsula Moves.
short video vignettes were produced and paid for through a rail safety
grant obtained by Caltrain from Operation Lifesaver and the Federal
Caltrain is committed to the three “E’s” of safety outreach: education, engineering and enforcement.
a partner with Operation Lifesaver, Caltrain’s certified staff
presenters spend time out in the community educating groups about rail
safety and reminding residents of the importance of awareness when
living and working near an active rail corridor. Caltrain’s engineering
team enhances railroad safety through fencing projects, grade
separations such as the one nearing completion in San Bruno and
pedestrian crossing and station design improvements.
Transit Police also play a pivotal role in enforcing safe behaviors
along the active corridor. In the past year, more than 600 people have
been removed from dangerous locations along the corridor. More than 50
people who were reportedly “in crisis” were escorted to safety, some of
whom had expressed thoughts of suicide.
The majority of deaths
on Caltrain’s tracks are ruled to be suicides. To address this sensitive
issue, Caltrain works with local mental health and suicide education
and awareness organizations to raise awareness and money to combat
mental health issues and prevent suicide.