Highway Rail Grade Crossing Safety

Virtually all collisions are preventable, so the focus should be on educating the public regarding safety at crossings, on engineering solutions (such as closing unneeded crossings and upgrading warning devices) that prevent collisions, and on enforcement of applicable traffic laws.

The federal “Section 130” program, which provides federal funds to states for grade crossing safety enhancements, has helped prevent tens of thousands of injuries and fatalities. Continued dedicated funding of this important program will mean more injuries averted and more lives saved at grade crossings. Decisions on what types of traffic warning devices to put at particular grade crossings are made by state highway authorities, not by railroads.

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