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Senior Safety Tips

Tips for Seniors

Senior Safety Tips

Keep these safety tips in mind while riding Metro buses and Metro Rail.

Boarding The Bus

  • Wait on the sidewalk away from the curb and don’t approach the bus until it comes to a complete stop.
  • Use the handrails when boarding. If using a wheelchair or walker while boarding on a lift, be sure to hold the handrails on the lift – the lift could move suddenly once activated!

 On The Bus

  • Use the handholds while moving through the bus and take your seat promptly.
  • Seats at the front of the bus are designated as priority seating for seniors and the disabled – please request other passengers give up those seats if they are occupied.

 Leaving The Bus

  • Get ready to exit well in advance of your stop so you don’t have to rush.
  • Use the handrails when getting off the bus.
  • Watch your step getting off, especially at night and in rainy weather.

 Boarding The Train

  • Stand back from the platform edge and wait from the train to stop before approaching the door.
  • Wait for passengers to exit before you attempt to board.
  • Watch out for the gap between the platform and the train.

 On The Train

  • Always use the handrails for stability once aboard the rail car and take a seat promptly – trains start and stop suddenly.
  • Side-facing seats near the doors are designated as priority seating for seniors and the disabled – please request other passenger give up those seats if they are occupied.

 Getting Off The Train

  • Get ready to exit when your stop is approaching so you don’t have to rush.
  • Again use the handrails when moving to the door – the train slows suddenly as it comes to a station.
  • Watch your step as you exit the train.


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