Safety and security are top priorities at RTD and we have a number of programs in place focused on those topics. In addition, we have information available on every aspect of safety and security as it relates to a public transportation agency that you can imagine. The RTD FasTracks program has three commuter rail and one light rail project transitioning from construction to testing in preparation for opening during 2016. Safety for everyone is paramount as we expand.
RTD launched a new safety campaign in January 2016. A key component of the campaign is the Dumbs Ways to Die three-minute animated music video featuring 21 cartoon characters who deliver important safety messages in an unusual manner, including how to be safe around buses and trains.
RTD is providing safety and security information to 47 schools within one-half mile of new track and some schools even farther out. The goal is to inform 35,000 students, parents and faculty about what they need to know now that there is activity on the new train lines.
RTD is first in the nation to integrate Positive Train Control (PTC) technology in the actual construction of a rail system. The technology will be used on the new FasTracks commuter transit rail systems.
Partners in Safety is a collaborative effort between RTD employees, our passengers, and the general public. As community partners, we all need to work together to create awareness of safety issues and take actions that promote a safer environment around our vehicles. Chances are, it's been a while since you last used your superpowers, but we think you're a hero all the same. Together, we can make our buses and trains safer for everyone.
The FasTracks team would like to remind you that construction is still occurring in very close proximity to many of your neighborhoods, schools, and parks. Please follow our construction safety tips that will help insure the safety of you and your children. It is important to take all necessary precautions to make sure that you remain safe around all construction areas.
Never play on or around construction equipment.
Stay out of fenced areas.
Always pay attention to warning and safety signage.
Never go near construction areas after dark. Holes and sharp objects can be obscured.
Drive slowly and be patient in construction areas.
Stay away from utilities and exposed wires.
Do not play on or under bridges or near streams or rivers.
Never play on or around railroad tracks, and never place anything on the tracks.
Always read construction updates and door hangers as they contain important safety and traffic information.