NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - Hampton Roads Transit celebrated Light Rail Safety Day at Harbor Park Sunday.
HRT's mascot, Safe T, greeted fans at the stadium's light rail station. The first 600 fans ages 17 and under received activity books, wrist bands and had a chance to interact with the mascot.
William Harrell, president and CEO of Hampton Roads Transit, threw out the opening pitch in the game with the Toledo Mud Hens.
HRT officials said they wanted to remind everyone that light rail safety was a serious subject. HRT opened The Tide on Aug 19, 2011, and has operated it as one of the safest light rail systems in the nation.
No serious injuries or accidents with vehicles have been recorded since trains began running in Norfolk. To achieve this goal, HRT has worked with community groups, civic organizations and law enforcement to educate, teach and encourage safe behavior around all light rail transit operations.
Light rail safety day is officially Monday, but HRT marked the occasion a day early. Light rail safety messages ran on Harbor Park's big screens during the game.
Passengers who took The Tide to see the Sunday's game may have noticed special advertisements aboard the trains and on platforms. The ads had a simple message for parents: always hold a child's hand when waiting for, boarding or exiting a train.
Signs encouraging safety were placed at The Tide stations at Newtown Road, Military Highway, Ballentine Boulevard, Harbor Park and MacArthur Center.
For more information on HRT services, visit gohrt.com .
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