Doug Baldwin Headlines Train Safety Event

People from the Lakewood, DuPont, and Tacoma communities came out Sunday to learn about train safety and hear from Seattle Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin.

Baldwin headlined an event on train safety in his role as spokesman for the Stay Back From The Tracks campaign, a partnership between the Seahawks and Amtrak Cascades.

The event was at Clover Park Technical College, because new trains will be running through that community’s area starting in the fall.

“(Events such as this) are critically important, particularly when we know that people are not aware that new trains are going to be coming through their communities,” said Janet Matkin, rail communications manager for WSDOT.

As part of the awareness campaign, presentations have been conducted at 75 different schools in the area.

The train safety event on May 28 focused on fun with an underlying message of train awareness. There were scavenger hunts, model trains, and a train ride. Baldwin presented a short audience participation video program that covered the basic principles of train safety. Tips including always looking twice in both directions, not trespassing, and not attempting to cross quickly when lights are flashing.

Jason Biggs, WSDOT’s rail programs manager, said the message of safety was “neatly sprinkled” through the day’s activities.

“(New trains) will be a big change for these communities,” said Biggs.

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