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Rail Safety and Quiet Zones

Posted on August 2, 2019

Train Safety

When SMART rail service launched in 2017, Marin County established a quiet zone, which means that the SMART train horn will not sound as it crosses railroad crossings, unless it is leaving a station or in the event of an emergency. SMART worked closely with federal authorities and local communities alike to implement supplemental safety measures, such as medians, gates, and crossing closures to ensure that railroad crossings throughout SMART’s rail line are safe. Here are a couple of tips to keep in mind to stay safe:

  • Never walk on railroad tracks. SMART operates an active railroad and walking on the tracks is illegal.
  • Use designated railroad crossings only. Wait for the bells and flashing lights to stop and for the gate to rise completely before crossing railroad tracks.
  • Be prepared to stop at railroad crossings. Slow down, look both ways and listen for warning signals.
  • When driving, never stop on the tracks and never race a train.

Rail safety is for everyone: pedestrians, motorists and bicyclists–and we all have a role to play in encouraging safe behavior near all trains and tracks. SMART provides free rail safety presentations to community groups and schools in Marin and Sonoma counties.  To request a presentation or get more information, email info@SonomaMarinTrain.org or visit SMART’s website.


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