Stay off the tracks!
Capital MetroRail provides passenger rail service between the City of Leander and the Convention Center in Downtown Austin. Capital MetroRail trains are on the tracks all day Monday through Saturday. These trains are very fast and relatively quiet, and it's critical that everyone in central Texas understand the dangers of railroad tracks.
MetroRail Red Line
Additionally, freight train traffic has increased in Central Texas.
All Existing Freight Tracks
Capital Metro and its partners work in the community, educating neighborhood groups, students, cyclists and more about rail safety. Learn more rail safety tips at capmetro.org/railsafety. To request a rail safety presentation for your group, contact Simone Barnes at (512) 609-1555 or Celso Baez at (512) 369-7759.
Rail Safety PSA
If you have children:
- NEVER let your kids play anywhere near railroad tracks.
- Schedule a time to show your children railroad tracks and tell them to stay off the tracks.
- Talk to them about trains — teach them the importance of crossing the tracks safely — "Stop, look and listen" is an important message for them to understand.
- Hold on to your child when a train or bus approaches.
- Make sure that everyone in your family knows all these safety rules.
When you're in a car:
- Be careful turning across train tracks — it's where more accidents happen.
- Never race a train to a crossing — you will never have a second chance if you lose and even it you tie, you lose.
- Expect a train on any track at any time — if a train goes by at a multiple track crossing, watch out for a second train on the other tracks, approaching in either direction.
- Always expect a train at every highway-rail intersection. Freight trains do not travel on a predictable schedule and schedules for commuter trains change.
- Don't anticipate lights or creep out at rail intersections — and never, ever drive around the crossing gates.
When you're walking:
- Always stop, look, and listen for trains before crossing the tracks and be sure to look both ways.
- Don't stand on the tracks or step in front of a train — the operator may not see you or be able to stop in time. Stay off the tracks!
- Railroad tracks, trestles, yards and equipment are private property and trespassers are subject to arrest and fine.
- Never walk down a train track; it's illegal and it's dangerous. It can take a mile or more to stop a train, so by the time an engineer can see a trespasser or a vehicle on the tracks, it is too late. The train cannot stop quickly enough to avoid a collision.
- Cross tracks ONLY at designated pedestrian or roadway crossings and obey all warning signs and signals.