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Caltrain conducts Rail Safety Relay

Original post made on May 23, 2008

Caltrain officials held a Rail Safety Relay Wednesday morning to teach the community about safety and emphasize that tracks are for trains, not people. There were three fatal train versus pedestrian collisions in April, including one in Menlo Park and one in Atherton.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, May 21, 2008, 6:53 PM

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Posted by Martin Engel
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on May 23, 2008 at 10:07 am

There you go again, Caltrain. Seven million dollars for fencing? Four years to do it? I hate to complain, but. . . . .that's cavalier. Why not more money? Why not sooner? Putting on media-targeted show-and-tell torch performances and public relations extravaganzas is all well and good, but please close off the entire rail corridor between every street crossing, and on both sides. Please put up end-fences or locked gates at crossings with only enough room for the trains to go through. Post huge "FORBIDDEN" signs there. Caltrain, get serious. Your cameras will protect you, not accident victims. Treat the rail corridor as if it were a transformer sub-station. Note that airports are enclosed with fencing. Dangerous places should be very very hard to get into. Put four-quad gates at all at-grade crossings. "Lecturing" people may or may not work. Inhibit access. More barriers are better. I know, it's not perfect. Yes, yes, there are lots of suicides. So, it shouldn't be easy for them. It should be discouragingly hard. Start thinking like those people who make drug containers child-proof.

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