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Alert: Know how to be safe around commuter trains


RTD has commuter and light rail trains running on its system, and it's important to know how to stay safe around them. Some run in streets along with traffic, some cross roadways and safety is key at all train stations.

Commuter train at Denver Union Station
Commuter rail cars at Denver Union Station

The trains are powered by overhead electrical lines and can travel more than 70 miles per hour.

This information is important to talk you your kids about, and to share with everyone since trains are about to start testing.


Download the Train Safety Checklist / Español
Download the Train Safety Poster / Español

Overhead electric wires are dangerous

  • The wires above the train are extremely high voltage. Don't try to touch them or reach them with an object.
  • If the wires are up, it means they are electrified. Don't throw things at the wires or go near them.

Be safe near the train tracks

  • Look both ways when crossing tracks. RTD commuter trains come from both directions and can run at anytime day or night.
  • Trains cannot stop for you if you're in the way. A train might not look like it's going very fast, but it's so big and heavy that it takes a long distance to stop.
  • Trains are wider than the train tracks, so don't stand too close to the tracks.

Be alert when crossing tracks

  • Don't be distracted. Avoid listening to music or using your phone while around trains and tracks.
  • Cross only at designated crossing no matter if you are on foot, on a bike or in a car.
  • All crossings have flashing lights and gates. Wait for the gates to fully rise before crossing the tracks and obey all warning signs.
  • Wait! If you see a train coming, just wait and let it pass before crossing the tracks.

Be safe while on the train and at the station

  • Stay alert. RTD's commuter trains are electric and they can be surprisingly quiet.
  • Stand back from the tracks. Stay behind the safety markings on the pavement.
  • When on the train, hold on or sit down. Watch your step when getting on and off of the train.
  • Cross the tracks only where allowed. Don't take shortcuts.
We want you and your children to be safe around trains, so please talk to your children about these tips that are great information about what to do and what not to do around the commuter trains.

RTD will continue the education process with schools and neighborhood groups to raise awareness about safety on and near trains. If you have questions or would like to request more information you can call 303-299-2641.
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