Rail Safety Month: Emergency Notification System Signs

Since September 2015, all railroad lines nationwide were required to post Emergency Notification System (ENS) signs at every public and private railroad crossing. The Federal Railroad Administration established the requirement to make reporting problems and emergencies impacting railroads easier.

The ENS signs are blue and white, provide an emergency phone number and a railroad crossing ID number so that drivers or pedestrians who notice problems on the tracks can notify the railroad before an incident occurs. The signs are near the crossings and visible to the first car stopped at a crossing when they look through their right passenger window. Every approach to a railroad crossing must have an ENS sign.

These signs can be used to report suspicious activity on the tracks, stalled vehicles, or a warning device malfunction.  If your vehicle ever stalls on tracks, immediately evacuate your car and call the number listed on the ENS sign at the crossing.

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