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Last Modified: March 1, 2023

TRAX Safety: How to Stay Safe On Public Transit

Published on April 14, 2016 • Last updated March 1, 2023 by Ken Christensen
Topics: Being Safe in Utah (General Safety), Community Involvement

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A safe ride to and from work or school is something to be grateful for. From 2007-2010, there were 7 deaths involving the TRAX rail system in Utah. These numbers are decreasing, but TRAX safety is still an important issue. No matter what the statistics are, we need to be prepared and educated about public transit safety.

Important TRAX Safety Tips

On the platform

  • Always be alert. Avoid looking at your phone for too long, and watch out for yourself and others.
  • Stay behind the warning line, even if no trains are coming. You never know when you may slip or someone may accidentally bump you.
  • If you are using headphones or earbuds, leave one ear uncovered. It is very important that you are able to hear what is happening around you.

On the train

  • If you are standing, hold on to the designated handles or bars in case of a sudden stop.
  • Be aware of your surroundings, watch for suspicious people, and keep your belongings close by and in sight.

Near the train

  • When walking or driving near a train, be alert and obey posted rules. In addition to these rules, use extra caution.
  • Don’t use your phone or other electronic devices when you are near a train. They limit your ability to stay alert.
  • Only cross train tracks at designated crosswalks.

TRAX Safety Resources

The Utah Transit Authority provides the following resources to make your ride easier and safer:

  • Apps to keep track of times, routes, etc.
  • Videos about how to ride each form of public transit
  • Easy-to-use websites for buying passes and finding fares

Using these TRAX safety resources and tips will help you enjoy a stress-free commute, and help prevent accidents.

At Christensen & Hymas, we deal with Utah personal injury cases all the time. We can help you if you’ve been in any kind of accident, including those involving public transportation. Contact us for a free consultation about your case.

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