A so-called zip gate has been installed at a SMART train crossing in Rohnert Park near where a pedestrian and cyclist were fatally struck by trains in June 2019.

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After Deaths On Tracks, SMART Puts Up Barriers

Jeffrey Schaub
July 10, 2019 - 11:11 pm

ROHNERT PARK —After three deaths in the past year on its tracks, the SMART train system will see barriers installed to inhibit pedestrians and bicyclists from crossing the railroad tracks in front of approaching trains.

There is a five-foot fence perpendicular to the sidewalk going up along Country Club Drive in Rohnert Park near where a cyclist and pedestrian were fatally struck by trains on consecutive days. 

The fences are designed to force people to snap into attention as they approach the railroad crossing. 

"No matter how many warning devices we install — red lights, bells and the gates — at the end of the day, the motorists, the walkers and the bikers need to pay attention to the rules on the road," said SMART General Manager Farhad Mansourian.

SMART officials plan to install 36 of these barriers at crossings in Marin and Sonoma counties.