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Make the Safe Choice - Be Aware of Your Surroundings

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Put your skills to the test in SEPTA Safety Academy

Technology is wonderful - it makes it possible to do work, search the internet, send emails, text, talk on the phone, read books, watch videos, or listen to music while doing other things. Although it makes it possible to pack a lot into a hectic daily schedule, it can also make you a distracted pedestrian, driver, or SEPTA rider.

We're certain you've seen the videos of people talking on a phone and walking right off the edge of the train platform and into the track area. These same distractions can have even graver consequences if you trespass by crossing the tracks at an undesignated crosswalk or walk along the right of way while listening to music through headphones.

When your eyes and ears are focused on other things you can unknowingly place yourself in danger.

Being aware of your surroundings also means using common sense. Don't ever think you can beat the flashing lights or crossing gate arm at a highway grade crossing. A train moving at a steady speed will not be able to stop in time - being 5 minutes late for an appointment while waiting for the train to safely pass is better than being late forever.

We value your personal safety so we offer these handy tips to make it easy to Make the Safe Choice - Be Aware of Your Surroundings, especially when you travel on or near SEPTA Bus, Trolley, Subway, and
Regional Rail service.

Please take a moment to read and share this information with family and friends; learn new safety habits; and live to travel with us another day.

THANK YOU FOR BEING A SAFE SEPTA RIDER

Riding SEPTA

ALWAYS hold onto your children's hand when waiting for transit services

Don't let your children wander - transit areas are busy places

If you're standing while you ride, HOLD ON TIGHT to the poles or seat rails

Watch your step closely and make sure you have a firm footing when getting on or off

Read posted emergency evacuation instructions so you'll know what to do in the event of an emergency. Be ALERT for instructions from the Conductor/Operator or authorized personnel

Tracks Are Not for People

Walking along the track right-of way or crossing the tracks is TRESPASSING

It could prove to be a fatal mistake

Approaching trains and trolleys can be very quiet, especially when there is snow on the ground or the weather is damp

Approaching trains and trolleys can seem to appear suddenly if you're listening to music with a headset or ear buds, or when you're talking on a cell phone and not paying attention to your surroundings

A moving train or trolley can't steer out of the way of an object or person, and it takes much more effort to slow or stop than a car

A train or trolley that you think is far enough away to give you time to illegally cross the tracks can reach you - it's just not worth the risk

Market-Frankford & Broad Street Lines

Stay BEHIND the yellow line on the station platform until the train has come to a complete stop

Be alert for Express trains - don't assume every train is stopping at your station

ALWAYS be aware of the gap between the train and the station platform

Move into the car and keep the exits clear for customers getting on and off

Make sure your bags and clothing are clear of closing doors

DON'T lean against the doors

Don't attempt to open the train doors. Doors are held tightly closed to keep you safe

Don't hold doors open - there will be another train

NEVER attempt to board or exit a moving train - avoid the risk of serious injury

DON'T pass between the cars when the train is moving - wait until you arrive at a station

Norristown High Speed Line

Stay BEHIND the yellow line on the station platform until the train has come to a complete stop

Be alert for Express trains - don't assume every train is stopping at your station

ALWAYS be aware of the gap between the train and the station platform

Move into the car and keep the exits clear for customers getting on and off

DON'T lean against the doors

Don't STAND NEAR or DISTRACT your operator when the vehicle is moving

NEVER cross the tracks. ALWAYS use the dedicated overpass or underpass to safely cross to the other side of the station

NEVER trespass by walking along side or in the track area

Trolleys

The safest place to wait for the trolley is the sidewalk or the boarding island

DON'T step out in front of an approaching trolley - it may not be picking up customers

NEVER trespass by walking along side or in the track area

NEVER cross the tracks. ALWAYS use the designated cross walk and look both ways before crossing

A trolley will go through a road crossing when it has the "right-of-way" signal - ALWAYS STOP and WAIT until it passes

NEVER walk directly in front of or behind a trolley. Maintain a safe distance within sight of the Operator

Stay alert around street intersections - ALWAYS STOP, LOOK and LISTEN before crossing the street for other traffic

Don't STAND NEAR or DISTRACT your operator while the vehicle is moving

Regional Rail Lines

Stay BEHIND the yellow line on the station platform until the train has come to a complete stop

Be alert for Express trains - don't assume every train is stopping at your station. Let the passengers exit the train before you attempt to board

ALWAYS be aware of the gap between the train and the station platform

Move into the car and keep the exits clear for customers getting on and off

Make sure your bags and clothing are clear of closing doors

DON'T lean against the doors

Don't attempt to open the train doors. Doors are held tightly closed to keep you safe

Don't hold doors open

NEVER attempt to board or exit a moving train - avoid the risk of serious injury - WAIT for the next train

DON'T pass between the cars when the train is moving - WAIT until you arrive and stop at a station

For Travel Around Regional Rail Lines

STOP as soon as possible when you see and hear activated flashers, bells, and gates - the train has the right of way

NEVER, NEVER, stop on a crossing, especially if you're in a line of traffic - even if no trains are in sight

NEVER travel into a crossing until the flashing lights go out completely. There may be a second train coming from the opposite direction that will re-activate the gates

NEVER assume that trains don't run here anymore...they DO regardless of what you think

NEVER ASSUME the train is going to slow down or stop because there is a rail station next to the crossing

Trains approaching a highway grade crossing are traveling at their normal speeds because they're NOT stopping

DON'T attempt to beat the train to the crossing - the train ALWAYS WINS

Bus & Trackless Trolley

Always stay on the sidewalk or walkway - especially at loops and transportation centers

ALWAYS be aware of the height between the first step on the vehicle and the curb

NEVER walk out onto the bus driveway or trespass on SEPTA property to take a short cut

NEVER walk directly in front of or behind a bus or trackless trolley. Maintain a safe distance within sight of the Operator

Stay alert around street intersections - ALWAYS STOP, LOOK and LISTEN before crossing the street for other traffic

Request your stop by using the cord or signal bar inside the vehicle

If you're not familiar with the route tell the Operator which stop you need when you board and then listen for announcements

Don't STAND NEAR or DISTRACT your operator while the vehicle is moving