WHAT: Media representatives are
invited to ride in the cab of a locomotive with Union Pacific Police and local
law enforcement officers, while they observe motorists’ behavior at railroad
WHY IT’S IMPORTANT: Freight trains
traveling 55 miles per hour take more than a mile to stop, which is why drivers
are urged to stop in designated areas when railroad signals, flashers and gates
indicate a train is approaching. The event is part of Union Pacific’s Crossing
Accident Reduction Education and Safety (UP CARES) program, which brings
together communities in a collaborative and caring effort to promote railroad
crossing and pedestrian safety.
Officers riding inside the locomotive will
observe motorist behavior at railroad crossings and dispatch officers
positioned nearby, if motorists ignore signals and warnings. Additionally,
officers will be looking for pedestrians crossing or walking on the tracks.
WHERE: On February 12, the
train will travel between E Sam Houston Parkway North and Oates Road in
Houston. On February 14, the train will travel between Cravens Road and South
Gessner Road in Missouri City.
WHEN: February 7, 2018,
4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
February 14, 2018, 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.