Train Wrapped in Red Says Safety
Tuesday, January 18, 2011 5:25 PM
For the first time in METRORail's history, an entire rail car was completely wrapped to promote a safety message: Stop. Think.
A vertical traffic signal on the red wrap added a visual cue.
Despite a morning drizzle amid grey skies, excitement built inside the Rail Operation Center (the ROC) as officials, employees and media waited for the newly wrapped fire-engine-red train to be launched.
METRO Chairman Gilbert Garcia explained that we wrapped the train to remind motorists and pedestrians to stop and think before proceeding through an intersection.
"The NEW METRO considers the safety of our passengers and the public to be so critical, we've made it one of our guiding principles," said Garcia. "Safety at rail crossings isn't just a METRO issue, it's a concern for all law enforcement agencies."
George Greanias, METRO president & CEO, said he recently saw a wrapped train promoting safety in Phoenix, Ariz., and thought that method could be an eye-popping message here in Houston.
He outlined some of the things METRO has already accomplished to increase safety awareness, including: in-pavement lights, LED back plates on 24 traffic signals and an educational campaign at 22 HISD schools.
"In the past six years, we have seen a steady drop in the number of light-rail accidents on METRORail, but even one accident is too many," said Greanias. "That's why the NEW METRO will continue to look for new avenues to promote safety, not just on METRORail but on the system as a whole. We hope our newly wrapped train will help foster this message."
The train will be wrapped for six months. If you haven't seen red on the rail yet, look for it and tell us what you think.