Feds propose rule to improve highway-rail crossings, issue update to crossing handbook

States would be required to develop and implement new or updated highway-rail grade crossing action plans, under a proposed rule by the Federal Railroad Administration.

“Grade crossing collisions are the second leading cause of rail-related deaths in America, but nearly every one of them is preventable,” says FRA Administrator Ronald L. Batory. “The action plans provide states a tool to engage with federal and local partners, railroads and rail safety advocates to identify high-risk crossings and develop strategies to save lives.”