Be Aware of Your Surroundings
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.
When you are in or around SEPTA areas, make sure you are paying attention. Being aware of your surroundings also means using common sense. Do not try to beat flashing lights or crossing gate arms at highway grade crossings. Trains moving at steady speeds will not be able to stop in time.
We want you to be safe! Check out these handy tips to make the safe choice easy.
Stay Off the Tracks
Stay safe and stay off the tracks. Incidents continue to happen when people ignore warnings at highway crossings. Stay aware of your surroundings when you are near a station.
If a train sees you, it will sound its horn as a warning, but it may not be able to stop in time.
- Avoid crossing the tracks at an undesignated crosswalk or walking along the right-of-way.
- Don’t think you can beat the flashing lights or crossing gate arm at a highway grade crossing.
- Stay aware of your surroundings and remove distractions when you are near a station.
You Can Prevent a Track Fall
Every second counts if someone is about to fall in the track area. If you see someone who is unstable near a track, use these tips:
- Try to alert them before they reach the platform edge.
- Alert the station cashier.
- Tell SEPTA staff on the platform.
- Use the Emergency Call Box.
- Call SEPTA Transit Police: 215-580-8111.
- Use the SEPTA Transit Watch app to alert the Transit Police.