Tag: crossings

Parson to sign bill for $50M in railroad improvements after Amtrak crash

By Makenzie Koch for fox2now.com Governor Mike Parson and the Missouri Department of Transportation are set to announce a new Missouri Railroad Safety Crossing plan this week.  On Thursday, the governor plans to sign House Bill 4, which includes $50 million in state funding to improve over 45 passive railroad crossings.  The work comes just […]

Bill filed to tackle trains blocking railroad crossings issue in Birmingham metro area

PAT BYINGTON for bhamnow.com 01/17/22 Alabama Representative Danny Garrett from Trussville has introduced legislation prohibiting trains from blocking railroad crossings continuously for two or more hours. The bill—HB 122—was filed last week in response to reports across the Birmingham metro area of trains blocking intersections for lengthy periods of time, causing traffic problems and potential […]

Nebraska officials want answers on blocked rail crossings

State code says blocked crossings must not exceed 10 minutes By Joanna Marsh for freightwaves.com Nebraska officials are preparing to ask BNSF (NYSE: BRK), Union Pacific (NYSE: UNP) and the Nebraska Central Railroad to take more action against blocked highway-rail grade crossings in Grand Island in Hall County. The transportation department within the Nebraska Public Service Commission plans to file a formal complaint against the three […]

Federal Railroad Administration launches website for reporting blocked railroad crossings

Have you ever been stuck at a railroad crossing and wondered if there is someone who should be notified about it but you don’t know who to contact and how? Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has launched this website (www.fra.dot.gov/blockedcrossings) for drivers who want to report blocked crossings. The FRA will use the information collected to […]

Task force sets sights on lobbying Congress to take on railroad stoppages

Efforts to keep railroads from blocking street crossings should focus on Congress, participants at a Northwest Indiana Rail Crossing Task Force meeting said. State legislation will almost certainly be overruled by courts, and federal agencies that regulate railroads have been ineffective, officials agreed. “It seems to me our last alternative is lobbying (Congress),” Hammond Mayor […]

Bill aims to fine railroad companies up to $10K if train blocks intersection for long period

Oklahoma House Speaker Charles McCall has written a bill that would fine railroad companies up to $10,000 per incident if a train is stopped on the tracks, blocking an intersection for more than 10 minutes. Watch the video above for the full story. Story published by koco.com

Concern After Stopped Train Blocks Town’s Only Railroad Crossing for Hours

HUMPHREY, Ark. — Trains that keep stopping in their tracks and blocking the only crossings in Humphrey, have residents frustrated and concerned for safety.  The small eastern Arkansas town is divided by railroad tracks. There are two crossings just yards from each other, but residents say when a train stops it usually blocks both crossings.  On Friday, […]

Carthage sues Union Pacific Corp. over crossings, bridges

CARTHAGE, Mo. — The city of Carthage is suing Union Pacific Railroad Corp., alleging the rail company has failed to maintain several bridges and crossings within the city. The suit, filed in federal court, cites 17 crossings, including the Oak Street bridge along Route 66. The city is asking the court to find Union Pacific […]

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