One of the many Metro safety measures that we have found to be particularly useful is the design of the curbing along most of the route. Of course, the curbs can not cross intersections but they do create a barrier between motorists and the light rail cars. A while back, we wrote about "light rail and stupid people" so that we could enclose a really interesting video showing people driving right in front of light rail cars. Obviously, intersections are still open to dorks turning in front of a 90 foot train but, hopefully, the accidents will be kept to a minimum. In some areas, the curbing is kind of hard to see so we are guessing that people will be running into that as well.
This week, we want to show a picture and a short video to give you an idea of how the new curb system should keep people from turning in front of the trains while driving down the road. While the picture might be a bit boring, it is something to think about. Some cities with transportation systems in the road do not have this type of curbing so it will be interesting to see how much it helps here in Arizona.
Remember, Rail Life has a "Phoenix Light Rail Group on Flickr." Basically, we want to share some of our pictures from the community and to allow people to add their pics as well. These can be light rail related but we also want a favorite spot, restaurant, sports team, community etc.
btw, a highly skilled driver took this video, please don't attempt this at home. 🙂