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June 10, 2010

Updated state rule has buses stopping at more rail crossings

Starting June 10, King County Metro Transit buses will be making more safety stops at railroad crossings due to updated state regulations.

The State of Washington Legislature passed an amended rule that affects public transit, charter buses, school buses, and trucks transporting hazardous material to stop at virtually all crossings, with just a few exceptions.

So, don't be surprised when a bus slows down and activates its four-way hazard lights when it approaches almost any railroad crossing – including locations where buses may have not stopped before. The buses are required to stop at these crossings whether they have passengers on board or are heading back to the transit base empty.

Metro is asking other motorists on the road to be aware of buses stopped in traffic at these crossings. Please follow buses at a safe distance, and use caution when passing them.

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