Caltrain operates in "push-pull" mode. The locomotive usually pulls southbound trains. On northbound trains, the train is "pushed" from behind by the locomotive with a passenger car leading the train. Despite their size, trains can be difficult to hear, especially in the "push" mode. And, because of their size, it is easy to underestimate the speed of the train.
Pedestrians and drivers are urged to follow basic safety rules when using the grade crossing:
• Remember, trains can run on any track, in any direction, at any time.
• The gate means wait. It is never safe to go around a lowered gate.
• Drivers should allow enough room to drive through the crossing without stopping; it is never safe to stop on railroad tracks.