Posts Tagged ‘Public Utilities Commission of Ohio’

Blocked Rail Crossing Bill Introduced in Ohio Legislature

November 2, 2021

Railroads that block grade crossings for more than five minutes would be subject to fines of $5,000 or more if the Ohio General Assembly approves legislation recently introduced by a Madison Township lawmaker.

The Butler County Journal-News said the bill introduced by Rep. Thomas Hall would impose fines in situations in which crossing are blocked “to the hindrance of traffic.”

Hall said he and fellow legislator Jessica Miranda of Forest Park sought to draft the bill in a manner that enable it to withstand a legal challenge.

Many state blocked railroad  crossing laws have been overturned by courts ruling that regulation of railroads is a federal responsibility.

The proposed legislation would require railroads to report blocked crossing incidents to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.

The fines would be imposed for failing to report the incident.

PUCO Has Funds for Grade Crossing Projects

August 19, 2021

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has invited local governments in the state to apply for grants to improve railroad grade crossings.

In a news release, PUCO noted there are two state-funded programs that might be applicable for local communities: The state grade crossing upgrade program and the supplemental assistance program.

The state-funded crossing upgrade program enables local communities to share the cost of installing safety devices with the state and railroad or railroads.

Communities that seek grants from this program might be required to provide a small portion of the project costs.

PUCO officials said each case will be assessed on an individual basis.

PUCO Approves 2 NS Grade Crossing Projects

January 16, 2021

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has approved two grade crossing safety projects in Pike County.

Norfolk Southern will install flashing lights and gates at the Market Street and Mill Street crossings by Jan. 13, 2022. 

PUCO also directed NS to install a traffic preemption at the Market Street crossing.

Both projects will receive federal funding PUCO said in a news release.

 

PUCO Approves 2 Grade Crossing Projects

December 8, 2020

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has approved two grade crossing improvement projects involving a pair of short line railroads.

The Columbus & Ohio River Railroad will install flashing lights and gates at the Township Road 225 crossing in Coshocton County.

The Northern Ohio & Western Railway will install flashing lights and gates at the Sandusky County/Greensburg Pike crossing in Sandusky County.

Federal funding will be provided for both projects, which are to be completed by Sept. 2, 2021.

PUCO Approves 2 NS Grade Crossing Projects

September 3, 2020

Two grade crossing projects on Norfolk Southern in Columbiana County have been approved by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.

NS will install lights and gates at the Creek Road/Township Road 923 and the Clarks Mill Road/Township Road 773 crossings by Aug. 26, 2021

PUCO said in a news release that federal funding will be provided for both projects.

PUCO Approves 3 Grade Crossing Projects

August 1, 2020

Three grade crossing projects were approved this week by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.

Norfolk Southern was directed to to install lights and gates at the Monroe Street/County Road 39 crossing in Huron County.

The Indiana & Ohio Railway was directed to install flashing lights and cantilever at the State Street crossing, and flashing lights and gates at the Deerfield Road crossing in Hamilton county.

The NS and IORY projects must be completed by July 29, 2021.

The Wheeling & Lake Erie was directed to install flashing lights and gates at the Baymere Avenue/Township Road 322 crossing in Stark County by April 29, 2021.

Federal funding will be provided for these projects.

PUCO Orders Grade Crossing Upgrades

July 21, 2020

Three railroads have been directed by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to upgrade grade crossing safety devices in four counties.

Norfolk Southern will install lights and gates at the Township Road 1037 crossing in Ashland County by April 15, 2021, and modify and upgrade active warning devices at the Township Road 18/Gaskill Road crossing in Stark County by July 15, 2021.

CSX will upgrade lights and gates and install new crossing surfaces at the Cabintown Road and Hunt Road crossings in Morrow County by April 15, 2021.

Indiana & Ohio will install lights, gates and a new crossing surface at the Middle Pike/County Road 150 crossing in Auglaize County by April 15, 2021.

Federal funding will be provided for the projects, PUCO officials said in a press release.

PUCO Approves Crossing Upgrades

July 8, 2020

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has directed the Ohio Southern and the Wheeling & Lake Erie to upgrade crossing signal protection at two crossings.

OSR will upgrade warning devices at the U.S. 22/Marysville Road grade crossing in Muskingum County.

The W&LE will install flashing lights and gates at the Ft. Laurens Road/County Road 102 crossing in Tuscarawas County.

Federal funding will cover costs for the projects, which must be completed by April 1, 2021.

PUCO Approves Grade Crossing Projects

June 5, 2020

Grade crossing improvement projects were approved this week by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.

The Northern Ohio & Western will install lights and gates at six crossings in Gibsonburg by Dec. 3, 2021.

Funds for NOWR’s projects will be provided by the Ohio Rail Development Commission, PUCO and the Sandusky County-Seneca-County-City of Tiffin Port Authority.

CSX was directed to install by March 3, 2021, lights and gates at the Barnhouse Road/Township Road 114 crossing in Allen Township; the Farson Street crossing in Belpre; the Baker Road/Township Road 25 crossing in Jackson Township; and the Stephenson Road crossing in Reily Township.

The Wheeling & Lake Erie is to install by March 3, 2021, active warning devices, an additional surface and a sidewalk for pedestrians at the State Route 99/Ridge Street crossing in Monroeville, and install flashing lights and gates at the River Corners Road/County Road 27 crossing in Medina County.

The W&LE also will install flashing lights and gates at the Bair Road/Township Road 448 crossing in Sugarcreek Township by June 3, 2021.

Ohio Southern to Upgrade Zanesville Crossing

May 23, 2020

The Ohio Southern Railroad will upgrade a grade crossing in Zanesville following action by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.

PUCO approved the Ohio Rail Development Commission’s construction authorization directing OSR to upgrade active warning devices for traffic signal preemption at the Ohio Route 719 grade crossing by May 20, 2021.

Federal funding will help pay for the project in part.