There’s a bit more to it than running public service announcements, of course. Investing more in safety equipment and maintenance, making it “smarter” (able to communicate malfunctioning crossing mechanisms to train operators headed in their direction automatically, for example), enforcing safety laws more aggressively and, in some cases, simply pruning overgrown vegetation around crossings play a role as well. But here’s an idea: What if all members of Congress, including the Democrats, made mention of rail safety during their political campaigns this summer and fall? Maybe something as simple as a reminder than it takes a train a mile to stop or that walking on tracks can shorten your life (pedestrian fatalities are a problem, too). It wouldn’t cost a dime, people might listen given that many would be speaking from personal experience, and it might even make them seem a bit more human and caring than their abysmal poll numbers (a 20 percent approval rating, according to a January Gallup survey) suggest.