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Rail-Highway Crossing Safety Action Plan Support Proposals

  • 13
  • Jun
  • 1994
AUTHOR: Federal Railroad Administration
SUBJECT: Highway-Rail Grade Crossings
KEYWORDS: Rail Trespassing, Traffic Law, Operation Lifesaver
ABSTRACT: This Action Plan presents a multi-faceted, multi-modal approach for improving safety at our Nation’s highway-rail crossings and for the prevention of trespassing on the rights-of-way of our Nation’s railroads. It is multi-faceted in that it presents enforcement, engineering, education, research, promotional and legislative initiatives addressing crossings of both light and conventional rail rights-of-way by public and private streets and highways. It is multi-modal in that contributions to its preparation have been made by four U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) administrations, i.e., the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), working together with the same interest, safety at crossings. We have also received, considered and often incorporated or adapted, in whole or in part, ideas from many outside sources, individuals, railroads and States. The Action Plan identifies six major initiatives encompassing 55 individual proposals. The major initiatives are: I. Increased Enforcement of Traffic Laws at Crossings; II. Rail Corridor Crossing Safety Improvement Reviews; III. Increased Public Education and Operation Lifesaver; IV. Safety at Private Crossings; V. Data and Research; and VI. Trespass Prevention. These are followed by Recommendations and a Goal and two Appendixes.