HRT to commemorate Light Rail Safety Day


by 13News Now

Posted on April 28, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 29 at 11:30 AM

UPDATE 4/29:  The Light Rail Safety Day activities planned for Tuesday at noon have been moved to the MacArthur Visitor’s Center, 198 Bank Street, Norfolk, due to inclement weather.

NORFOLK -- Hampton Roads Transit will commemorate Light Rail Safety Day on Tuesday with an event at the MacArthur Square light rail station at noon.

The date is intended to highlight the importance of safe behavior around the Tide light rail system.

After nearly three years of service and over 4 million boardings, the Tide has established a record as one of the safest light rail systems in the nation, according to National Transit Database statistics. The nine-car fleet that comprises The Tide has traveled over 1 million miles and has had no serious injuries resulting from collisions with cars, trucks or other trains.

“Our safety record is exemplary when compared to other start up light rail systems nationwide,” said William Harrell, president and CEO of Hampton Roads Transit. “While it is admirable, we know that train safety cannot be taken for granted.”

HRT has long promoted a safety message that reminds people to obey signs and signals and that any time is train time. Its public outreach campaigns have taken that message to schools, civic groups, websites, billboards and regional advertising campaigns.

This year’s campaign carries the theme: “Light Rail Safety is no Joke.”

Among the messages:

  • Always look both ways before crossing the tracks
  • Never drive around a lowered gate crossing
  • Cross in designated crossings only
  • Never race a train to an intersection. Trains are closer and faster than they appear and cannot stop quickly.