This course is no longer being offered.


This one-hour, self-paced, online course provides an introduction to rail signaling. The course covers the purpose of signaling systems, the safety functions they accomplish, and their history. It also addresses the equipment and terminology used in rail signaling, the meaning of signals, signal operations and finally, it discusses recent transit crashes that occurred due to failures of signaling safety.

Audience: Those with rail safety oversight responsibilities, i.e. SSOs, transit safety officers, etc.


Following completion of the training, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of rail signaling to the safe operation of a transit system
  • Identify the three major functions accomplished by rail signaling
  • Recognize the equipment and terminology used in rail signaling
  • Correctly identify the meaning of signals


This online course is self-paced, but past participants have spent about 1 hour on it. You may exit the course and return to it as many times as you would like.

Fee: Free

Amy Gornik