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The regional transit agency is participating in a national safety education campaign about taking precautions near train lines

COURTESY TRIMET - Milwaukie High students exit at the Milwaukie/Main St and head for the pedestrian crossing.As part of Rail Safety Week, TriMet is urging everyone to be extra cautious around its MAX and WES train lines.

"Every day, TriMet MAX trains roll through the streets and WES trains travel along the trackway, getting people safely to work, school, anywhere they need to go. But with today's distractions and everyone in a hurry, our operators and engineers face more challenges than ever as they move trains carefully throughout our community," the regional transit agency said in an announcement on Monday, Sept. 22, the first day of the annual week-long safety campaign.

In the announcement, TriMet offered the following five safety tips:

1. Be aware It takes just a moment to be aware when crossing tracks. Look both ways and follow signals. Remember, trains travel in both directions, so always anticipate a second train.

2. Avoid distractions When walking across tracks or streets, look up from your smartphone, and take out an earbud or move the headphones off an ear. When biking, skateboarding, using a scooter or driving, silence your phone and put it away out of your view.

3. Stay in your lane Don't walk, roll or drive on MAX tracks. Stay away from railroad tracks in restricted areas. Only cross tracks and streets in designated crossings and at intersections. At stations, stay back of the white bumpy safety strips at the edge of the platform.

4. Don't block your view Make sure sunglasses, umbrellas, hoodies and other clothing don't block your view when walking or rolling across tracks and streets. When driving, make sure you can see around side mirrors and windshield pillars.

5. Be seen In darker hours, use safety lights attached to clothing, accessories and bikes. Add reflective vests, clothing, tape or stickers. Wear light or bright outerwear. When driving use headlights and take extra time.

TriMet is working in coordination with Operation Lifesaver, Inc., the national rail safety education nonprofit, the U.S. Department of Transportation and other organizations to raise awareness during Rail Safety Week, which runs Sept. 22 through 28.

According to TriMet, while operators and engineers try to anticipate — as much as possible — people's actions around their trains, we work to educate transit riders and the general public how to easily be safe near rail crossings and tracks.

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