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Feds launch new website to report blocked railroad crossings

Posted at 1:51 PM, Jan 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-09 13:51:14-05

(WXYZ) — The Federal Railroad Administration has launched a new website where people can report blocked railroad crossings.

“Railroads, states and local jurisdictions are best positioned to address blocked highway-rail grade crossings and I’ve asked them to work together to minimize unwanted impacts,” FRA Administrator Ronald L. Batory said. “FRA expects that collecting this data will help us identify where chronic problems exist and better assess the underlying causes and overall impacts of blocked crossings -- locally, regionally and nationwide.”

Blocked crossings create safety risks, and frustrated drivers may attempt to clear the crossing before a train arrives knowing it will eventually be blocked.

The new FRA Blocked Crossing webpage requests specific information on the blocked crossing, including date, time, location and duration. It can be found here: www.fra.dot.gov/blockedcrossings