Safety Along the METRO Green Line
Light-rail transit is safe – as long as everyone obeys warning signs and complies with barriers. Do your part to stay safe by only crossing tracks – whether on foot, on a bicycle or in a vehicle – ONLY at designated crossings. Follow the safety tips listed here and talk to friends and neighbors, especially younger kids, about the importance of respecting trains.
Remember: It's not only unsafe but against the law to walk along light-rail tracks or to trespass on rail station platforms until the line opens.
Safety near rail stations
- Trains can come on any track, at any time, from either direction. Never assume you know when and where to expect a train.
- Never try to beat a train through a crossing – it takes the length of two football fields for a train to stop.
- Safety only takes a second – light-rail trains move faster than freight trains. If gate arms are going down, stop. The train will clear the intersection in a few seconds.
- Slow down and be alert near rail stations. Watch for pedestrians, trains, buses and cars.
> Learn about signals and signs along the METRO Green Line (English pdf) (Multi-language pdf)
> General safety tips around the Green Line (pdf)
> Youth Safety brochure (pdf)
> View additional information and videos about light rail safety
Unlike freight trains, you might not hear a light-rail train approaching. Pay attention near the tracks.
- Listen for train horns and warning bells.
- The ends of a light-rail train are identical. Red taillights mean a train is moving away from you.
- Look both ways before crossing the tracks by car, bike or on foot.
Using bike boxes on the Washington Avenue Transit/Pedestrian Mall
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Safety and Security
Since the beginning of testing, Metro Transit Police have been working with Rail Operations and community members to ensure the safety and security of those who live and work along the Green Line. When the METRO Green Line opens on June 14, there will be 22 Transit Police officers dedicated to patrolling the line and surrounding community in uniform, in plainclothes and on bicycles.
To support St. Paul operations, Transit Police now have a new East Command Center in the Midway area, just off the Green Line. Safety features include 10 cameras per train and emergency intercoms to allow customer-to-operator communication. Each station platform has at least four cameras - some stations have up to 10.
> Learn more about Metro Transit Police
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