At BNSF Railway, nothing is more important than safely operating through the communities that we serve. That’s why we’re proud to have one of the lowest grade-crossing collision rates in the industry. Promoting grade-crossing safety is an essential part of our operation and culture.
Driving Near Tracks
Walking Near Tracks
Do not pass other vehicles near a crossing. Your view of the tracks may be obstructed or your speed may be too great to stop.
Avoid Stalls. Many crossings are on raised surfaces, so shift gears before or after the crossing.
If your vehicle is stuck on a crossing, get out and move away quick.
Call 911 or the listed number to report hazards or emergencies.
Only cross railroad tracks at designated crossing areas. If crossing multiple tracks, watch for multiple trains.
Never walk on or along tracks. Crossing tracks anywhere else is dangerous and illegal.
Limit distractions such as phones, loud music, and conversation. Stop, look both ways, and listen before crossing.
Never disregard gates, signs, or lights. If a crossing does not have signals posted, it doesn’t mean that the tracks are not in use.
It Can Take up to 2 Kilometers for a Train to Stop
Never Walk on Railroad Bridges
It can take up to 2 kilometers for a train to stop. That’s the distance of 20 soccer fields.
Never try to walk through a railroad tunnel. There is only about 36 centimeters of clearance between a passing train and the walls.
Stay off railroad bridges. Most bridges do not have safe walkways for people, so if a train is approaching the only options are to jump or be struck by the train.
Stay at least 3 meters away from tracks. Trains are wider than their tracks, so always keep a safe distance.