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DOT awards $40 million in highway-railway crossing grants

January 15, 2021


The U.S. Department of Transportation is awarding $40 million in grants to projects that improve highway-railway crossings.

Although the grants are for commuter rail authorities in California, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, they could affect freight transportation flows in the region. Each of these commuting authorities has experienced at least one accident between Jan. 1, 2008, and Dec. 31, 2018, that was investigated by the National Safety Transportation Board.

Grant funding comes from the Commuter Authority Rail Safety Improvement grants program that the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) awards for projects that “separate or protect grades at crossings; rebuild existing railroad grade crossing structures; relocate highways to eliminate grade crossings; and eliminate hazards posed by blocked grade crossings due to idling trains.”

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