METRORail On Track for Safety
METRORail moves along the street just like other
vehicles. The tracks are separated from the roadway by large
raised white domes
warning drivers to stay off the tracks. METRORail is very quiet. In fact, the
trains are quieter
than buses and most cars. So, whether you are riding
METRORail, or just walking or driving near the trains and
tracks, it is
important to stay alert and follow the safety rules of METRORail.
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Rules of METRORail Stop
METRORail serves 16 rail stations and one Park & Ride lot along the 7.5-mile
line. Catching a ride is safe and easy as long as you follow the rules. When it comes to
safety, YOU are your best defense. Make safety a part of your everyday life.
Learn the rules of METRORail that will help keep you safe. Remember, safety
starts with you.
- Do not walk in front of, between or behind the trains.
- Trains can start or stop quickly regardless of traffic flow.
- Do not drive, stop
or park your vehicle on the tracks. It's dangerous and illegal.
cross the tracks at designated pedestrian crossings and only when it is safe to
Always look both ways before crossing the tracks. Trains travel in both
Obey all warning signs: flashing lights, signals and crossing gates.
Police will issue tickets to violators.
Stay alert. METRORail is quieter
than a bus and most cars. You may not hear it coming.
Listen for train horns and
Follow instructions from police officers.
Never race a
train or run in front of a train.
Never try to beat the train to a crossing.
Even with a tie you lose.
Never drive around crossing gate arms.
Never stand on
or near the tracks.
Never put anything on or near the tracks.
Waiting on the Station Platform
- At each
station platform there is a Ticket Vending Machine where you can purchase your
ticket(s) or pass. Before boarding METRORail, make sure you've paid for a ticket
or that you have an active pass.
- METRORail station platforms are equipped with
video cameras. Most platforms have pay phones that can be used to call
"911" or "METROLine" (for route information) free of charge.
- Many METRORail
stations consist of two separate platforms, one for each direction of travel.
Look for station signs that will help you locate the correct platform for your
direction of travel.
- Prior to the train's arrival, an audio and visual
announcement will be broadcast on the station platform informing you of its
destination. The train operator will sound the train's bell as it approaches
- METRORail service runs very frequently, so never rush to the
platform. Don't worry if you miss the train, another one will arrive shortly.
- Always stand behind the "white" warning strips on the platforms.
- Never approach
the train until it has come to a complete stop.
- Vicinity maps are conveniently
located on the platforms to help guide you to major destinations within walking
distance of the station.
- Refer to train schedules for connecting bus
Boarding and Exiting the Train
- Always let exiting passengers leave
the train before you board. It's the safe and courteous thing to do.
platform ramps make METRORail and its stations 100% accessible and offer easy
- Entering and exiting the train is completely safe.
- When boarding or
exiting the train, be careful and watch your step, especially at night or when
it is wet. There is a small gap that separates the train from the platform.
approaching your stop, it is best to gather your belongings and prepare to exit.
This way when the train stops, you do not have to rush.
- Upon exiting the train,
always remember to move a safe distance away.
Riding the Train
- Always have your
ticket or pass handy. METRO police will periodically check to ensure that all
fares have been paid. Failure to do so could result in a substantial fine.
Police are also available should you have a question or need assistance.
- METRORail trains are equipped with television cameras that monitor activities
within the train.
- If you wish to contact the train operator in an emergency,
passenger intercom units are installed at four locations adjacent to doorways
inside the vehicle. The train operator is in constant contact with the METRORail
- METRORail trains provide automated audio and visual
announcements as the train approaches and departs each station. Electronic signs
that display the approaching stops are located at the middle of the train as
well as behind each train operator's cab window.
- When walking within the train,
steps or changes in the floor level are marked by contrasting stripes.
seated, please keep your belongings out of the aisle.
- If you are standing, hold
the handholds or handrails.
- Remember to be considerate of other riders.
Along the Rail Line
Not only is METRORail changing the way we travel, but also
the way we walk. That's because each segment along the METRORail trackway is
unique to the neighborhood it serves.
Pay attention to your surroundings and
take a walk on the safe side.
- Push the "WALK" button in order to receive
permission to cross at a signalized intersection. The only exception to this
rule is in the downtown area, where the WALK/DON'T WALK signals are automated.
- Six special pedestrian crossings, shaped like the letter Z, have been installed
at intersections in midtown and just south of the Texas Medical Center. These
unique pathways force you to stop and look for oncoming trains.
anywhere along the rail line is illegal and deadly. Cross only at a designated
crosswalk. Police will ticket violators.
- Set an example by obeying the rules and
sharing the message.
Driving Along the Rail Line
When driving along the
METRORail line, you should always stay alert. Watch for trains and pedestrians.
Remember to reduce your speed in heavily congested areas to reduce the
likelihood of an accident.
- Obey all signs and speed limits.
- Left turns are NOT
allowed along the rail line on Main Street between the University of
Houston-Downtown and north of Wheeler/Richmond in midtown.
- LEFT turns are NOT
allowed along the rail line on Fannin between Blodgett and Montrose, except at
- Right turns are NOT allowed along the rail line on San
Jacinto, except at signalized intersections.
- When approaching an intersection,
always stop behind the crosswalk.
- Always stop for pedestrians. Never assume they
- And always remember to "Steer it, Clear it." If you have an accident
along the rail line and your vehicle can be normally and safely driven, please
move it to a safe location to minimize the interference with existing traffic
General Signage Found Along the Rail Line
It is important that you
understand an obey all signals and signs. Recognizing these symbols will help
you avoid an accident or injury and may even save your life. Police are
enforcing all traffic laws, and failure to obey them could result in a
Train is approaching when displayed.
Tracks in the median at the next
Drive On Tracks
Driving on tracks is prohibited.
||Advance Railroad Crossing Sign
Watch for trains.
|No Left Turn Across Tracks
turns are prohibited when displayed.
Stop when lights are flashing.
|No Right Turn Across Tracks
Right turns are
prohibited when displayed.
If you drive in the Texas Medical Center (TMC),