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Drive Safely Around Valley Metro

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The system was designed with safety in mind and continues to work towards a high safety record. The most common light rail vehicle accident types for on-street systems are:

  • Left and right-turning vehicles crossing illegally and in front of
    light rail vehicle
  • Red light running
  • Pedestrians walking in front of moving light rail vehicle

To improve traffic operations and minimize these and other common collision types, the following features were incorporated into the planning, design, and/or construction of the Valley Metro Rail system:

  • Protected left and right-turn lanes
  • Longer left-turn lanes
  • Light rail vehicle cameras
  • Controlled track crossings
  • Countdown pedestrian signals
  • Nonstop crossings for pedestrians
  • Specially designed pedestrian access signals
  • Pedestrian fencing
  • School zones
  • Neighborhood protection from park-and-ride traffic
  • New frontage roads
  • Safer light rail vehicle front end
  • Public education campaigns

Do Not Take the Risk – Drive Aware

At any time of the day or night, you can find yourself driving near a Valley Metro vehicle. Obey traffic signals and don’t take the risk - drive aware.

Rules to Remember

  • Obey all traffic signals. A red arrow means “do not turn.”
  • Never stop or park your car on the tracks or at bus stops.
  • Never try to beat a train through an intersection.
  • Be patient and do not accelerate through yellow lights.
  • Remember it takes buses and light rail trains longer to stop.
  • Light rail trains are quiet. Look for flashing headlights and listen for warning bells and horns.

Signs and Signals for Drivers

Many of the signals added to light rail intersections are commonly used signals. Others are simply there to make you aware. Please pay close attention to all traffic signals.

Transit Construction Safety

Light rail is expanding and more tracks are being built. For construction updates, please check Valley Metro’s Traffic Restrictions page and sign up for Construction Alerts.

Be alert - be safe. As construction continues, bus stops, sidewalks and driving lanes may move. Watch and follow signs that tell you where to walk, bicycle or drive. Stay outside orange cones and construction fences. Use crosswalks and follow traffic signals. Always be aware of your surroundings.