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HIGHWAY-RAIL GRADE CROSSING SAFETY
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HOW TO CROSS A HIGHWAY-RAIL INTERSECTION SAFELY


  1. Slow down and test your brakes.
  2. Stay on the right of the roadway.
  3. Stop no closer than 15 feet from the tracks and no farther than 50 feet from the tracks. The train is wider than the tracks.
  4. Keep your foot on the brake so that you canít move or be shoved into the path of a train.
  5. Open the driverís window and the service door.
  6. Turn off radios and noisy equipment.
  7. Signal for the students to be quiet.
  8. Look and listen for a train.
  9. Start crossing when you are sure that you donít see or hear a train or a warning whistle. Before moving, close the driverís window and the service door.
  10. Donít stop on the tracks or within 15 feet of the tracks or try to back up.
  11. Donít change gears on the tracks. Cross in a low gear that will not require you to change gears until you completely clear the hazard zone.
  12. Donít pass on the tracks.
  13. If the gate comes down after you have started across, drive through it even if it means you will break the gate.
  14. If your bus stalls or is trapped on the tracks, get everyone out and off the tracks immediately. Move everyone far from the bus at an angle which is both away from the tracks and toward the train.
  15. If a train arrives, keep your foot on the service brake and set the parking brake. In this way, you wonít move or be shoved into the path of a train.


    Donít cross the tracks unless you are sure you have enough room to clear the tracks

    The hazard zone at a crossing with only one track is at least 35 feet wide. This allows a 15-foot clearance on each side of the rails

    It would take the end of a 40-foot long school bus about 5 seconds to travel 75 feet and clear the hazard zone. That assumes an average speed of 10 mph after starting from a full stop 15 feet from the nearest rail. If there are gates, it will take longer to safely clear the hazard zone.



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