Follow these safety tips whenever you
are driving near railway tracks:
• Do not get trapped on the railway
tracks at a railway crossing. Wait on
the approach to the crossing and
cross only when you are sure you
can clear the crossing.
• When the last car of a train passes
the crossing, make sure that another
train is not coming before you move
ahead. A second train can come
on another track from a different
direction. You may not be able to hear
the second train because of the noise
of the first one.
• Never drive around the gates. If the
gate is down, or raising or lowering,
do not cross the tracks.
• If your vehicle has a standard
(manual) transmission, do not change
gears while crossing the tracks. If
you cannot complete the shift, your
vehicle could be stalled on the tracks.
• If your vehicle stalls on a railway
crossing, get everyone
out of the vehicle and away from
the track immediately. If a train is
coming move well away from your
vehicle and away from the tracks. If
possible, go in the direction where
the train is approaching. This will
prevent you from being hit with flying
debris if the train hits the stalled
• During poor weather or at night, be
alert for advance railway warning
and railway signs. Drive at a speed
that will allow you to be able to stop
within the distance clearly lit by your
Remember, it may take a kilometre or
more for a train to stop, even under full
emergency braking. The safety of you and
your passengers depends entirely on you,
Commercial vehicles transporting
passengers or dangerous goods can be
required by law or company policy to stop
at railway crossings. Be prepared to stop
when you are following a commercial
vehicle near a railway crossing.
Light rail transit
Light rail transit (LRT) crossings in
Calgary and Edmonton are similar to
other railway crossings and require
pedestrians, cyclists and motorists to
use caution in these locations.
LRT systems are powered by
electricity, which makes them very quiet.
These crossings use a variety of warning
devices like regular traffic signal lights,
signs, bells and gates. These warnings all
mean stop and do not cross the tracks.
Never drive around the gates, even if
an LRT train has just passed. Another one
may be coming from the other direction.
Due to its weight and speed, a train may
take up to 100 metres to stop in