Compilation of State Laws and Regulations Affecting Highway-Rail Grade Crossings

The Federal Railroad Administration has identified roughly 258,815 public and private highway-rail grade crossings in the United States. Most aspects of jurisdiction over highway-rail grade crossings reside with the states. Within some states, responsibility is divided between several public agencies and the railroad. In other states, jurisdiction over highway-rail grade crossings is assigned to a regulatory agency with various names such as the Public Utility Commission, Public Service Commission, or State Corporation Commission. Still, other states divide the authority among public administrative agencies of the state, county, city, and town, having jurisdiction and responsibility for their respective highway systems. State and local law enforcement agencies have the responsibility for the enforcement of traffic laws at highway-rail grade crossings. In a number of cases, local government bodies are given responsibility for certain operational matters related to crossings; and this is accomplished through various ordinances.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: 5th Edition
  • Pagination: 321p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01150610
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 12 2010 11:08AM