The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has been working to replace railroad ties and other track maintenance near the TADL Main Library in Traverse City. As part of this work, MDOT is also raising community awareness that train tracks are private property. Never walk on railroad tracks; it’s illegal to trespass and highly dangerous. By the time a locomotive engineer sees a trespasser or vehicle on the tracks it’s too late. Never park next to the tracks; a train can extend three feet or more beyond the steel rail, putting the safety zone for pedestrians well beyond the three foot mark. MDOT has placed some signs near Hull Park and is evaluating options for additional future signs or barriers.
This includes all rail tracks between the Main Library property and other destinations of interest, including the Depot Neighborhood (The Filling Station Microbrewery, Skegemog Garden Center, and residential housing), Hull Park and the TART Trail, and the Grand Traverse Area Children’s Garden. Traverse Area District Library administrators are working with MDOT and Operation Lifesaver to schedule community informational presentations about track safety in the near future.
Thank you for your cooperation to avoid trespassing on the MDOT rail tracks when visiting the Main Library. Additional rail safety tips are available on the Operation Lifesaver website.