Rail Grade Crossing Safety report identifies new project selection model
MnDOT's Office of Freight and Commercial Vehicle Operations is requesting local participation in funding railroad crossing projects. A solicitation letter and safety data can be viewed below:
- Solicitation Letter (PDF)
- Rail Grade Crossing Safety Data (Excel)
- Projects eligible for Fiscal Year 2025 (PDF)
Due to the volume of crossings ranked as a "6", we broke the list into parts. Remaining 6s will be evaluated for eligibility next year.
The safety of people who use the roads at Minnesota's 4,000-plus railroad grade crossings has improved in recent decades. In the early 1990s, over 100 automotive crashes and 10 fatalities per year occurred at rail crossings in Minnesota. Currently, the state records about 36 crashes per year, of which only five involve fatalities. 2020 was the first time in over a decade where there was only one fatality. MnDOT oversees crossings on all public roadways, though. Only four percent of crossings are on state highways.
Investigators created a new model for selecting railroad grade crossings for safety upgrades. The risk-based strategy, adapted from MnDOT's innovative approach to highway safety, allowed MnDOT to create a rail crossing upgrade plan based on risks of injury and death at crossings throughout Minnesota. See Rail Grade Crossing Safety Project Selection report.
For more information, and if you would like to discuss a particular crossing, please contact Amy Johnson at 651-366-3709.
U.S. DOT launches railroad crossing safety ad
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) launched the “Stop! Trains Can’t” ad targeting young male motorists and encouraging them to act cautiously at railroad crossings. The campaign is the latest in a two-year effort by DOT to reduce accidents and fatalities at railroad crossings around the country. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) have partnered in the nationwide effort.
Ask a Trooper: Railroad crossing safety
Minnesota State Patrol Sgt. Neil Dickenson covers the topic of railroad crossing safety in the International Falls Journal guest column. Read the full story to learn more about how to prevent collisions with trains.