FRA Publishes Grade Crossing Safety Plan Rule

The Federal Railroad Administration has issued its final rule that requires states to create plans to improve safety at railroad grade crossings,

The rule, which is mandated by the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, requires 40 states and the District of Columbia to create a safety improvement plan for every crossing that has been the site of at least one accident or incident in the past three years, multiple accidents in the past five years, or is determined by the state to be at high risk for accidents.

Ten states – Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Ohio, and Texas – will be required to update their existing plans and submit reports describing their implementation efforts.

These states had the most grade-crossing accidents between 2006 and 2008 and were required to develop plans under a 2010 FRA rule.

The deadline for the plans is no later than 14 months after the rule’s Dec. 14 publication in the Federal Register.

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