A STUDY OF STATE PROGRAMS FOR RAIL-HIGHWAY GRADE CROSSING IMPROVEMENTS

In response to a DOT study of rail-highway grade crossing safety in the United States, the Congress passed the Highway Safety Act of 1973 which earmarked funds specifically for grade crossing improvements. Law requires the states to establish programs for identifying & implementing crossing improvement projects. This report examines the experiences of five states in establishing programs. The programs are discussed in terms of program initiation, project processing procedures, sources of funds, role of the regulatory agency, and maintenance of improved crossings. Descriptions of each state encompass grade crossing activity prior to 1973, the state's procedures, and types of improvements. The report also suggests some modifications to the current federal program which might enhance its effectiveness.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Prepared for the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, Office of Policy and Program Development.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Transportation Systems Center

    55 Broadway, Kendall Square
    Cambridge, MA  USA  02142
  • Authors:
    • Gertler, J B
  • Publication Date: 1978-2

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 174 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00179112
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Federal Railroad Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT-TSC-FRA-78-3 Final Rpt., FRA-OPPD-78-7
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jul 29 1978 12:00AM