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Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Safety and Trespass Prevention

New resource:  FRA recently led a multimodal national grade crossing summit. The webinar highlighted DOT, FRA, and other modes’ actions to reduce grade crossing and trespassing accidents; outlined available grants; and provided an update on the Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Safety Action Team. A recording of the webinar is available here. When prompted for the passcode, enter S5!MFXA3

If you see anyone deliberately misusing a crossing or trespassing on a railroad please call the police at 911

94% of all rail-related fatalities and injuries occur at railroad crossings or due to trespassing. Sadly, almost all of these deaths and injuries are preventable. 

Trespassing along railroad rights-of-way is the leading cause of rail-related deaths in America. Nationally, more than 400 trespass fatalities occur each year, the vast majority of which are preventable.

Railroad crossing incidents are the second leading cause of rail-related deaths in America.

With the assistance of FRA's programs, the number of fatalities has been reduced by 60% over the last two decades. FRA's Railroad Crossing Safety and Trespasser Prevention Division remains committed to continuing this trend.

How Can I Improve Rail Safety?

Pedestrian & Motorist ResourcesState & Local Government ResourcesLaw Enforcement & 1st Responder ResourcesGrade Crossing Safety & Trespass Prevention ResearchGrade Crossing Safety & Trespass Prevention Grants