Crossing railroad tracks could result in $2,000 fine

Comments (8)
  1. Sean B says:

    Union Pacific are TROLLS!! Who else carves out a line through our city and then forbids people to cross and fines them once they do?? The railroad obviously a major hindrance to the transportation of students to campus. Where I live, it would take about 10 more minutes to walk school which is completely unreasonable, and does not even make sense to me as I am a rational and efficient college student. I understand they are worried about people’s safety but come on, how hard is it really to be hit by a train, you gotta be zoning out pretty tough. Im sorry but the world is a dangerous place and you need to look out for YOURSELF! What happens if a student is intoxicated and falls onto the train track? They die because that is extremely irresponsible and just plain stupid!
    The main problem is that our legal system set up so that we can sue once we commit one of these careless acts. Union Pacific does not care about your safety, they care about getting sued once someone does something stupid. Now perfectly rational and cautious people cannot simply cross the train tracks because they can be fined, another case where one bad apple ruins it for everyone.
    Just be safe and reasonable about it and there wont be any problems. We are college students which means we are smart enough to look both ways before crossing a 6 ft wide piece of track and can hear a train coming from the opposite side of town

  2. Railroader says:


    You need to go take History 101, the railroad was there before the college and 99% of the town was built. The railroad helped build the United States by laying rails which allowed people to travel and settle. The Southern Pacific (not UP) certainly didn’t show up to a fully-developed San Luis Obispo and carve out the town like you claim.

    The college and the cities should have built their infrastructure over or under the railroad tracks, and not build them so poorly to where people are tempted to trespass. The railroad hasn’t changed and won’t change. It’s the city’s fault for poor planning.

    1. Sean B says:

      Exactly, thats why the railroad companies should be more understanding as to why people NEED to cross the train tracks to go about their daily lives and not fine poor college students ridiculous amounts of money for trying to go to school.

  3. Joseph Slunk says:

    YOU’VE GOT TO BE KIDDING! This is confounded stupididitty. If a student can’t be trusted to look both ways over a 8′ wide section of railroad track before crossing……well. Don’t you have to pass the SAT test to get into college, or are there that many dummies around. Just fine them if they are wearing headphones when they cross the tracks for pete sakes. Who is the idiot? Why don’t the city fathers build a damn footbridge or underpass for spit sakes. REDICULOUS !!!!!

  4. Lalo says:

    $2000??????! what a joke. this makes me wanna punch something. id have to be high, drunk, and have a heroin needle up my neck to not hear that train coming.

  5. ken says:

    It’s only a misdemeanor, NOT a federal offense. Fine is “not to exceed $500” and is almost always waived. Be rebel and cross. Don’t allow yourself to be opressed. LEAVE US ALONE!
    It is unlawful in California for anyone to enter or remain upon the property of any railroad where
    entry, presence or conduct upon the property interferes with or interrupts the safe and efficient operation of
    any locomotive. A violation of this section is a misdemeanor under California law. Cal. [Penal] Code § 369i
    (West 1999). Also see Cal. [Penal] Code § 554 (West 1999) regarding posting of property.”

  6. Josh says:

    Railroader is right on the money about the poor city planning in SLO. The Right-of-Way location where these fatalities occur is on a strip of land adjacent to california blvd, between foothill blvd and mill st (over 3600 feet long) which has no designated crossings. Further, this strip of California Blvd has no designated crossing either (which I believe is the SLO city method of discouraging track crossing). There is footbridge (which cost $1.5 million) that connects a downtown neighborhood to the train station. There is a footpath underpass in the neighborhoods southeast of broad and tank farm intersection. Both of these benefit families that do not want to walk the long way to a road crossing. But no such thing for the 20K+ students who find themselves crossing the tracks multiple times every day! Yet another example of how SLO does not respect one of its most significant economic benefactors.

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