December 8, 2014, 2:51 pm
One of our SkyTrain Attendants helping out a customer at Lougheed Town Centre Station
Have you ever wondered about the yellow strip onboard SkyTrain? Wonder no more!
We are here to tell you more about the five main safety features on SkyTrain – the passenger silent alarm, speakerphone, designated waiting areas, emergency cabinets, and Transit Police‘s 87-77-77 non-emergency text reporting service.
Passenger Silent Alarm – also known as the Yellow Strip
The ‘yellow strip’ silent alarm found on every window on SkyTrain
The passenger silent alarm is the yellow strip located on every window on-board our SkyTrain cars.
When pressed by passengers, it triggers an alarm at SkyTrain control alerting the Control Operator. A SkyTrain Attendant will board the train at the next attended station to investigate the situation.
Our attendants are trained to provide customer service, provide emergency response, troubleshooting train and station operations, and performing fare inspections.
To better assess the situation and determine an appropriate response, SkyTrain control has the ability to activate the speakerphones on-board and listen in on the activities in that car.
It’s important to note that pressing the yellow strip does not stop the train or directly alert Transit Police.
The SkyTrain speakerphone found on board all cars near the doors
The speakerphone is located inside each car near the doors and provides two-way voice communication with SkyTrain control operators for emergency assistance.
All the passenger needs to do is press the ‘red’ button on the speakerphone and they’ll be directly connected with SkyTrain control.
Activating the speakerphone does not stop the train or directly alert Transit Police.
During system-wide disruptions, passengers can use the speakerphone to communicate with SkyTrain control for emergency assistance.
Passengers should not force open SkyTrain doors as this is a dangerous practice. Portions of the track remain charged with 600 volts of power and the risk of electrocution is present even when the train is stopped.
Forcing SkyTrain doors open can lead to lengthier delays since, for the safety of passengers that have exited, power has to be shut down and then a safety sweep has to be conducted before the system can be powered back on.
Designated Waiting Areas and Emergency Cabinets
A designated waiting area and emergency cabinet at Sapperton Station
Designated Waiting Areas have enhanced lighting, red emergency telephones, a bench, and are monitored by closed-circuit television.
Emergency Cabinets are located on SkyTrain platforms and are equipped with a fire extinguisher and emergency train stop buttons along with a red emergency telephone.
Like our on-board speakerphone, the red emergency phone is a direct line to SkyTrain control for emergency assistance.
Pushing the emergency train stop button does not shut down power on the SkyTrain tracks, so passengers should never enter the track area even if the emergency stop has been pushed and the train has stopped.
87-77-77 Texting Service
The Transit Police report-by-text (SMS) system allows passengers to discreetly report crime and suspicious activity on and related to transit without drawing attention to themselves.
Messages will be received immediately by Transit Police dispatchers and they will respond accordingly. They may dispatch an officer, ask the user to call 911 if it is an emergency, or refer them to other resources.
You can also use the Transit Police OnDuty app to report. Through its built-in text messaging function, users will be able to access the 87-77-77 service directly from the app.
There is no need to draw attention to yourself and you don’t have to wait to report crime on transit. The texting service is for discreet reporting across the transit system — not just on the SkyTrain.
Have any questions about our safety features? Ask away in the comments section and we’ll get you the answers!