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Railroad Crossing Reliability Partnership Program

Within the DFW Metropolitan Planning Area, there are approximately 2,500 locations where railroadsrailroad crossing
and roadways cross.  Of those, only about 500 are currently grade-separated, where the road or
rail passes on a bridge above or trench below the other; the remaining 2,000 crossings occur at-grade. 
The type of warning devices that exist at these at-grade crossings varies widely.  Some rail crossings
are gated and have signalized controls such as flashing lights.  These electric devices are referred to
as active warning devices. Other crossings have only passive (non-electric) warning devices such as
stop signs, railroad crossing signs, and pavement markings.  In addition, the active devices at some
locations are old and unreliable. 

Recognizing the importance of addressing safety and reliability issues, the Regional Transportation
Council (RTC) set aside funds to improve some of these 2,000 at-grade crossings.  Partnering with
the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), the railroads, and local governments, NCTCOG staff
performed an inventory of recent upgrades at these locations.  NCTCOG staff then developed a data
review process that allowed the funding program to move forward. 

The Railroad Crossing Reliability Partnership Program (RCRPP) began with local partners assisting in the
identification of crossings that had safety and/or reliability constraints.  That portion of the data review process
resulted in a list of rail crossings which were identified for potential improvement.  In August 2003, the RTC
solicited applications related to improvements at those crossings.  In the summer of 2004, an initial round
of projects was selected from eligible applications, with the second round of projects receiving approval in
the summer of 2005.


Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Train Horn/Quiet Zone Website and Rules

Inventory
Disclaimers:  NCTCOG disclaimer 
                         FRA disclaimer

Preliminary list of crossings (November 2002):  PDF,  Excel
All Crossings:  Excel
Crossings Currently Grade-Separated:  PDF,  Excel
Recently Funded Crossings:   PDF,  Excel
Crossings Shapefile - zipped (for use with GIS such as ArcView)
Federal Railroad Administration Data Source

Staff

2/5/2016  05/20/2009 lk

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