Proposed Rule

Systems for Telephonic Notific ation of Unsafe Conditions at Highway-Rail and Pathway Grade Crossings

  • 04
  • Mar
  • 2011
DOCKET NUMBER: 2009-0041
SUBJECT: Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Warning Systems
KEYWORDS: Telephone Notification, Disabled Crossing
ABSTRACT: FRA is proposing amendments to its primary regulations on grade crossing safety. The major amendments proposed would require a railroad that dispatches a train through a public or private highway-rail or pathway grade crossing to establish and maintain a system that allows a member of the public to call the railroad and report an emergency or other unsafe condition at the crossing. Upon receiving such a report, the railroad would be required to warn all trains authorized to operate through the crossing of the reported unsafe condition, inform local law enforcement of the reported unsafe condition, and either investigate the report itself or request that the railroad with maintenance responsibility for the crossing investigate the report. If the report is substantiated, the railroad with maintenance responsibility for the crossing would be required to take certain actions to remedy the condition found.

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