Decisions around railroad tracks can be the difference between life and death
There are 24 street-level railroad crossings in Commerce City. Because they are part of everyday travel for residents, the police department wants to bring awareness to railroad safety by joining Operation Lifesaver for the first U.S. Rail Safety Week this September 24-30.
While vehicle-train collisions have dropped 83 percent in the last four decades, there are still more than 2,000 vehicle-train collisions annually. There were more than 900 injuries and fatalities last year due to people walking, playing or taking photos on train tracks. These incidents are devastating to families, communities and train crew members – and they are often preventable.
5 railroad safety tips from Operation Lifesaver:
1) Look and listen for a train as you approach all railroad crossings - obey all signs, warning lights and gates.
2) Trains are quieter and faster than you think - never try to beat a train.
3) Because of their size and weight, it can take a mile or more for a train to stop.
4) Always expect a train on any track; avoid distractions when you approach a crossing.
5) Railroad property is private property. Walking on the tracks is illegal and dangerous.
Learn more at oli.org.
Let the railroad know about train-related traffic issues
With two major railroad lines traversing the city, trains are often longer than the distance between roads and can block busy intersections. By reporting these issues directly to the railroad company, residents can alert them of frequent trouble spots and help resolve train-related traffic problems in the city.
BNSF: 800-832-5452, option 3
Union Pacific: 402-544-5000
The E. 96th Avenue crossing marks the city's fifth quiet zone and Colorado's first wayside horn system installed in January 2014. The quiet and safe crossing uses an Automated Horn System, which delivers a longer, more consistent audible warning to motorists and pedestrians while eliminating noise pollution in neighborhoods for more than 1.5 miles along the track.