On average, there's more than one Caltrain-related death per month.
In November, a man was killed at the Charleston Avenue crossing in Palo Alto in a suspected suicide. June 2011 saw the death of a person in Burlingame with 900 people aboard the train at the time. In 2011, there was a total of 16 Caltrain deaths.
Caltrain is trying to reverse the trend in 2013 by running its year-long See Something - Say Something campaign "to engage passengers in promoting safety throughout the rail system and reminding customers of safe behavior near the railroad," Caltrain said in an official release.
The objective of the project is to encourage riders to be aware of what's going on at stations and on trains, and to report any unsafe conditions.
Different safety messages will be promoted each month through social media, at stations on the electric signs and on trains. The January message is "We can all count on a safe ride if we look out for each other.”
Riders are encouraged to call the police if they see anything that may be unsafe.
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