Dangerous railroad crossings pose a hazard to everyone in the community. Railroads are responsible for maintaining their highway grade crossings. This includes the vegetation surrounding the crossing, the lights, crossing gates and signs.

Federal regulations require that railroads cut or clear vegetation so as to not block the sightlines of a crossing. Unfortunately, there is no government enforcement of these regulations. Railroads routinely violate these regulations. The community pays the price when someone approaches a crossing that is obscured by vegetation.

Frequently, railroads will stop a train near a crossing and allow additional train traffic to pass on an adjacent track. Railroad rules and federal regulations require that the railroad provide protection at the crossing when they do this. These rules and regulations are designed to protect the public when crossing gates and lights ‘time out’ and stop working. Unfortunately, railroads often fail to provide this protection or warn the community that a train may be approaching. The results can be nothing short of tragic.

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