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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
   vehicle.
• 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
   headlights.

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,
the driver.

Vehicles carrying
passengers or
dangerous goods

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
an emergency.

 

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