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Safety and Emergency Procedures when riding transit

Safety
Photo courtesy of Maryland Transit Administration

When riding transit there are safety and emergency procedures that all passengers should be knowledgeable about to ensure their own safety and those of others before utilizing various transit services. It is important to notice that safety and emergency procedures might vary according to the transit system or mode.

Make sure to read each transit agency safety and emergency procedure which must have information about other resources and emergency contact information. When boarding, make sure to identify emergency exits, alternate communication options, and read any policies on safety.

Safety when riding trains (metro/subway, commuter, and light rail)

  • Stay alert. Be aware of your surroundings and the people around you.
  • Listen to announcements and know the locations of emergency releases, exits and fire extinguishers.
  • Report any suspicious behavior, unsafe conditions or unattended packages to the operator or Transit Police. Use the intercom to speak to the operator.
  • If you lose an item in the track way, do not attempt to retrieve it. 
  • Please do not smoke, eat or drink on trains or while at a stop or onboard the train. It’s against the law and helps to keep stops clean.
  • Escalator steps are always moving, so keep clothing and shoes away from the sides and make sure laces on footwear are tied and not loose. Please do not use strollers or wheelchairs on escalators. Use the “Stop” button in case of an emergency.
  • Keep away from all overhead or third rail wires those power trains. These high voltage carriers will cause serious injury or death.
  • Educate your children about the rules and dangers associated with commuter train travel.
  • Always hold your child’s hand while waiting for the train.
  • Trespassing on or around tracks is against the law. You may be subject to criminal prosecution for being and remaining on or near the track without authorization.
  • Report any suspicious behavior, unsafe conditions or unattended packages to the operator or Transit Police. Use the intercom to speak to the operator
  • Always stand behind the yellow safety line while waiting for the train, especially when the train is approaching the station.
  • Never walk or drive across the tracks when you see a moving train or a red traffic signal.
  • Only cross tracks at designated pedestrian crossings. Never cross directly in front of or behind a moving train, or under or through a stopped freight or passenger train.
  • On high level platforms, take care when crossing the gap between the car body and the platform.
  • On low level platforms, use the handrails for support when using the steps.
  • Never board or jump from a moving train.
  • In the stations, stand behind the yellow strip while waiting for the train, and when the train is approaching the station.
  • Walk – do not run – on the platform. 
  • Do not attempt to enter a train as the doors are closing.
  • When standing, always hold onto the railing while the train is operating. 
  • Always stop, look and listen. Obey all warning devices, including flashing lights, signals and crossing gates.