FRA Develops Model State Legislation to Improve Safety at Highway-Rail Grade Crossings
U.S. Department of Transportation
January 7, 2011
Friday, January 7, 2011
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), together with states, developed model state legislation for use in developing bills to improve safety at highway-rail grade crossings without gates or barriers. The model legislation is intended to help states address obstructions limiting a driver’s view of an oncoming train. Between 2001 and 2005, accident reports submitted by railroads to FRA show that 689 collisions resulting in 242 injuries and 87 fatalities occurred at highway-rail grade crossings with sight obstructions. Development of the model state legislation was required by the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008. The model legislation is available at http://www.fra.dot.gov/Pages/1730.shtml. Contact: Rob Kulat (202) 493-6024.