Signage Solution

Thursday, March 21, 2013
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Kudos to Ray Ford for his excellent, well researched and thoughtful cover story on train track crossings.

Crossing at the Carpinteria bluffs can be quite intimidating. Recently, a stealth, very silent train came ‘round the bend with no warning, making any slow-moving humans easy targets. And a recent feature in the travel section of the Los Angeles Times about the seal rookery has brought plenty more visitors to this area.

After reading about solutions that include expensive and disruptive underground crossings, I wonder about a simpler solution: Why not post signage that has the expected train arrival/passage times? It could be as simple as a wooden billboard that fits with the landscape or as complex as the freeway-style electronic signs (but much smaller) to allow for updates.

What do you think, fellow citizens?


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Trains are required to use their horn to acknowledge their arrive at crossings and vehicle intersection, why not in 'people' heavy traveled areas, post the signs in and around the areas heavily frequented by foot traffic crossings also notifying the rail industry of these pedestrian crossings? The Op's, suggestion to notify the pedestrian is a great thought but both would be better. Also this bullet train idea if it goes through would negate both ideas and leave people crossing the rails to die quicker...

dou4now (anonymous profile)
March 21, 2013 at 6:21 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I see two basic problems with this proposed solution:
1) You can't make people actually _read_ signs.
2) Unless things have changed with trains and their adherence to schedules, I think any "expected" times would be good guesses at best and far from reliable.

zappa (anonymous profile)
March 21, 2013 at 9:04 a.m. (Suggest removal)

A "stealth, very silent train?" They are all very silent. Stay off the tracks.

discoboy (anonymous profile)
March 21, 2013 at 10:09 a.m. (Suggest removal)

" Recently, a stealth, very silent train came ‘round the bend" I overheard that these well run, quiet, stealth trains, rather unlike anything previously found in America, are German technology and a part of a diabolical plot and the first salvo by the 4th Reich. Be afraid of silent trains America, be very afraid.

italiansurg (anonymous profile)
March 23, 2013 at 7:16 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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