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  Level Crossing
  - Why should I stop at a crossing?
  - If I am certain I can make it, should I beat a train at a crossing?
  - Should I cross in a spot different to those signaled for crossing?
  - Safety Tips





Level Crossing

When it comes to railway and vehicular or pedestrian routes compatibility regarding points where they intersect, in most cases, level-crossings or grade-crossings of trains solve these apprehensions in a very simple and effective manner. Since railway transportation allows to transport large freight volumes, thus reducing frequency of cargo transportation passes, the enabling of level crossings facilitate the transit of pedestrian or street vehicles.

However, train transportation at intersections has priority over other means of transportation, for both physical characteristics and legal regulations. In order to remind people about precautions that should be taken at these points, all level-crossings have related signs.

To heighten security, railway operators announce the train passage with whistles. At many crossings, we have worked to improve visibility and have installed flags and automatic barriers to warn the imminent pass of a train.

Although railway crossings accidents represent just a fraction of total number of accidents in the country, these events are a significant source of concern for us, especially when these are considered avoidable.


Why should I stop at a crossing?
Given a train´s weight and natural tendency to continue in movement, stopping at intersections to grant priority to smaller vehicles becomes a highly complicated task, hence, at level-crossings, trains always have priority over smaller vehicles. Read more


If I am certain I can make it, should I beat a train at a crossing?
In regular vehicle flow, when a person crosses in front of a car or a truck, the driver may perform a series of maneuvers (braking or changing route) to reduce the risk of running over the person. When it comes to trains, these maneuvers are practically impossible, since the train cannot get off the railway. Read more.


Should I cross in a spot different to those signaled for crossing?
At authorized crossings, there are several guarantees for those crossing; better visibility, the road is prepared to facilitate the pass of pedestrians or vehicles, the train conductor must give notice by honking the train horn. Read more.


Safety Tips
Broadly speaking, the best recommendation is to be careful and to use common sense. Look both ways and listen to be sure whether a train is coming your way. It might sound obvious, but trains are large and heavy but move faster than many people believe. Read more.