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Wake Up and Smell the Train Coming

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With the arrival of the Gold Line eastside extension in about four months, Metro is trying to make sure people don't get hit by the new trains. They'll launch their Safety 1st campaign, “Look, Listen and Stay Alive,” in March to educate residents on how to live safely around trains now that the testing process has begun. The safety sessions will take place in libraries, hospitals, and religious centers in Little Tokyo, Boyle Heights and East Los Angeles. Metro has already visited 60 schools and delivered 85,000 flyers with safety info. Some of the messages espoused: always use the crosswalk, never make a left turn on a red arrow signal, and watch for the train signal. As you may know, safety at rail crossings has been a huge issue on the under-construction Expo Line to the Westside. [Metro]