Earlier this year VTA installed bright yellow, waist-height, flexible poles along the edge of the light rail platform. These poles prevent visually impaired passengers from accidentally stepping off the platform into the space between coupled rail cars during the boarding process. Persons with limited vision using a cane will feel the barriers and realize that the space in front of them is not an open door area, but, rather is the space between two trains. Barriers like these have been successfully used by other transit properties throughout the country.
In recent weeks, we have observed customers leaning bikes and other objects against the barriers. Customers have even been seen leaning against the poles and being surprised that they move. Both situations pose serious safety hazards, as the person or their bike could be hit by a passing train if they are not fully behind the yellow line on the platform edge. Please help us to remind your fellow customers and traveling companions of the importance of remaining behind the yellow line and not leaning against or playing around the yellow safety barriers. Never lean your bike or hang any objects on these safety barriers.
Public safety is everybody’s responsibility. We appreciate your help in keeping our system safe.