Federal Railroad Administration or FRA Proposal Calls for State Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Plans

The Federal Railroad Administration has issued a proposed rule that would require states to develop highway-rail grade crossing action plans — or update the action plans they have.

A highway-rail grade crossing is where a roadway intersects with railroad tracks at the same level or grade. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, there are more than 250,000 such crossings. FRA reports that 94% of all rail-related fatalities and injuries occur at railroad crossings or due to trespassing. More than 400 rail-related fatalities due to trespassing occur each year.