Minnesota Regional Railroads Association -Safety and Security issues around railroads!!
Minnesota railroads are serious about safety and security issues-safety for the
motoring public andf pedestrians, and in promoting a secure transportation
system. As the State of Minnesota grows in population, the amount of congestion
on public streets and highways is projected to grow. Conflicts between motor
vehicles, pedestrians, bikers, and trains can be very serious, especially as
motor vehicles include such distractions as air conditioning, stereo systems,
cell phones, and other items of equipment that have a tendency to distract a
driver. An alert pedestrian or driver is always on the lookout for trains at
every railroad crossing.
Minnesota's railroads experience risky driver behavior frequently at
highway-road crossings. Collisions do happen between trains and drivers or
pedestrians, mostly because drivers or persons hiking near tracks are not paying
attention. A sad fact is that motorists are 40 times more likely to die in a
collision with a train as opposed to a collision with another motor vehicle.
Most locomotives weigh in excess of 270,000 lbs, and they simply cannot stop in
time to avoid collisions where motorists occupy a crossing at the same time a
train is moving through it.
It is essential that every motorist, biker, or pedestrian be fully aware of
their surroundings when they are near or approaching a railroad line. Drivers
who speed up to beat a train to a crossing, or who ignore flashers or crossing
warning gates are courting death or serious injury for themselves and their
Security Around Railroad Tracks:
Unauthorized persons on railroad property are trespassing and can be prosecuted
to the fullest extent of the law. Laws related to public safety and homeland
security are in place to protect all of us. Do not trespass on railroad property
by hiking along tracks, hunting, or fishing off railroad property. Railroad
yards are potentially dangerous places for pedestrians, so please observe no
trespassing signs and stay out of railroad switching areas.
Please contact the Minnesota Department of Transportation,
Minnesota Operation Lifesaver, Inc. or
the Federal Railroad Administration offices, or see each agency's
website listed in the Links section of this MRRA website!
The federal Homeland Security Agency also has a website where railroad safety is
discussed at www.homelandsecurityagency.gov.
|Just the Facts
A 100 car unit train carries 10,000 tons of product.
That's 350,000 bushels or 3,024,000 gallons!