Light Rail S.A.F.E.T.Y
The Tide marks the beginning of a new era in public transit for Hampton Roads. Stay safe when on or around The Tide. Be familiar with the following safety tips and remember, safety starts with You!
- Click here for the adult light rail safety presentation (1.50MB PDF)
- Click here for the adult light rail safety brochure (8MB PDF)
- Click here for the teen light rail safety presentation (1.50MB PDF)
- Click here for the kids safety presentation (2MB PDF)
Stay Alert, Don’t Get Hurt!
- Always look both ways before crossing the tracks and never cross or run in front of an approaching train or between two stopped trains.
- Use caution when sharing the road with trains. Pay attention to changing traffic patterns and follow the roadway.
- Stay alert and obey blank-out signs. Blank-out signs will automatically activate and light up when a train is approaching.
- Never listen to iPods or other MP3 players around tracks.
- Never talk on the phone when around tracks.
- Always listen for warning bells and whistles and always look for warning lights.
- Stay away from power lines.
Anytime is Train Time!
- Pay attention! Light rail trains are quiet & may travel on any track at any time.
- Don’t cross tracks unless you have enough room to cross without stopping & can totally clear the tracks to a safe distance.
- When waiting for a train, always stand behind textured warning strips and never walk beyond the end of the station platform.
- Trains always have the right-of-way
- Trains are very quiet
- Trains can come from any direction, any time, on any track
- Stop! Look! Listen!
- Only cross at designated crosswalks & cross quickly without stopping.
- Never try to race a train to an intersection. Trains are closer & faster than they appear & they can’t stop quickly or swerve to avoid a collision.
- Never drive around lowered crossing gates!
- Jaywalking is dangerous and illegal so only cross at designated crosswalks
- Always stand behind the safety line at stations
- Be aware that gates may start going up and then lower again due to a second light rail arriving from the opposite direction than the first train did
- Trespassing on tracks is dangerous and illegal
- Always walk your bike across tracks
Everyone Should Know Signs and Signals!
- Pay attention and obey all signs and signals including blank-out signs!
- Blank-out signs are electronic signs that activate and light up automatically when a train is approaching.
- Fact: transit agencies report that common safety problems include motorists making illegal left turns and illegal right turns across tracks, resulting in collisions with light rail trains.
- Don’t stop, pass or shift gears on the tracks.
Blank-out signs are electronic signs that activate automatically when a train is approaching.
Tracks are for Trains!
- Never walk or stand on train tracks or bridges or inside fences along the track.
- Never climb on trains or play around overhead wires, power system poles, or tracks.
- Never stop or park your bike or car on train tracks.
- Never sit, walk, jog, bike skate or play on or near the tracks
- Never temporarily stop or park on the tracks including always being cautious to avoid traffic stopping on tracks due to queuing during peak hours
- Never put objects on the tracks
You! Safety Starts with You!
- Never throw anything at passing trains or onto tracks.
- Avoid electrocution! Stay away from overhead wires & power system poles.
- If your car stalls on the tracks, get out immediately and run diagonally away from the tracks and in the direction of the train.
For more information about The Tide or to schedule a free light rail safety presentation for your business or community organization, call Marie Arnt, Public Outreach Coordinator at (757) 222-6000 ext.6291 or email