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RTD Operation Lifesaver safety outreach program"Safety first" is plastered on every RTD light rail vehicle and bus, and there is a reason for that. It is the agency's top priority and it is taken very seriously by every employee and contractor.
RTD with its contractor, Denver Transit Partners, are involved in a comprehensive outreach program to educate the public about safety around the three new commuter rail lines that open in 2016 - East Rail Line to Denver International Airport, the first segment of Northwest Rail Line to Westminster and the Gold Line to Arvada/Wheat Ridge.
Safety outreach along the East Rail Line began in February 2015 because the year-long testing and commissioning process is taking place. That means the new rail cars are operating on the track between downtown and DIA. Outreach for the Gold Line and Northwest Rail Line to Westminster is also happening.
Operation LifesaverThrough the national Operation Lifesaver model, RTD reached out to 47 schools that are within one-half mile of the track, and some schools even farther out.
This will ensure that nearly 35,000 students, their parents and school faculty learn how to safely maneuver at the new street level train crossings and how to be safe around the new train platforms, which are four feet above the tracks.
Key Safety tips to knowPlease share these important safety messages with your family, friends and co-workers:
- Do not touch or throw objects at the overhead power lines or climb on the power poles - if they are up, they are live with electricity!
- Never trespass on any train track - it is illegal and dangerous.
- Cross the tracks only at designated crossings, always follow safety signs and obey warning devices such as flashing red lights and gate arms.
- Stay alert and look both ways for a train - you may not hear them coming.
- Never trespass onto construction sites and stay off the train station platforms until they are open to the public.
Electricity awarenessOne focus of the program includes making sure everyone is aware of the 25,000-volt AC overhead electrical system that powers the trains. The message for that is simple. Just don't touch any electrical equipment. Remember, if the power line is up, it is live with electricity! That's a message that can't be stressed enough.
New tracks and overhead power lines head into the Airport Station at Denver International Airport
In addition to school outreach, the safety program will offer presentations to organizations for seniors, people with visual or hearing disabilities, and for staff of suicide prevention programs.
For more information on the RTD Operation Lifesaver program for the Eagle P3 Project, contact Tara Bettale at or 303.299.2641.
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