FRA extends comment period for rail-grade crossing rule

The Federal Railroad Administration plans to extend the comment period on a proposed rule officials claim will reduce collisions at rail-grade crossings in 10 states.

According to a notice (.pdf file) in the Jan. 15 Federal Register, the comment period will reopen Feb. 22 -- and written comments must be received by March 8 -- for a notice of proposed rulemaking that would require the 10 states that have experienced the most highway rail-grade crossing collisions over the past three years to develop action plans to prevent such collisions.

From 2006 to 2008, rail-grade crossing collisions in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Ohio and Texas accounted for 4,200 accidents (51 percent of all rail-grade crossing collisions nationwide). Those states would have one year after the NPRM goes into effect to develop federally compliant five-year action plans.

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