To help keep the public safe near tracks, railroads work with state, local and federal officials, safety organizations, technology companies and the public to eliminate preventable tragedies.
Railroads invest heavily in grade crossing safety, spending hundreds of millions of dollars each year to maintain crossings; develop public service campaigns and educational resources; and invest in new technologies. Thanks in part to these efforts, grade crossing collisions are down 39% since 2000. Ongoing collaboration between railroads and their government partners to develop innovative solutions are important to eliminating these incidents completely.
Railroads appreciate the robust funding Congress included for grade crossing projects in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). Congress provided $600 million per year for the newly-established Railroad Crossing Elimination program while also authorizing $500 million per year for these competitive grants. This funding also includes a set-aside for a highway-rail grade crossing safety education program.
Additionally, Congress maintained a set aside of $245 million per year within the Highway Safety Improvement Program for the Railway-Highway Crossings (Section 130) program. Together, these programs will significantly reduce collisions, fatalities, and injuries at highway-rail crossings. Railroads are also appreciative of several reforms to the Section 130 program in the IIJA, including increasing permissible incentive payments for grade crossing closures from $7,500 to $100,000 and enabling the replacement of functionally obsolete warning devices.