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Highway-Railway Grade Crossing Action Plan and Project Prioritization Noteworthy Practices

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U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration

November 2016

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PART 1. MODEL GRADE CROSSING ACTION PLAN
Chapter 1. Introduction and Background
  STATE ACTION PLAN PREVIOUS ACTIVITIES
  LEGISLATION REQUIRING ALL STATES TO DEVELOP A STATE ACTION PLAN
  PURPOSE
  MODEL STATE ACTION PLAN SOURCES
  MODEL STATE ACTION PLAN OVERVIEW
  GENERAL DISCUSSION OF STATUTORY AUTHORIZATION, FINANCIAL RESOURCES, AND USDOT GUIDELINES
Chapter 2. Recommended Process for Preparing a State Action Plan
  PLANNING AND PREPARING TO DEVELOP A STATE ACTION PLAN
  DEVELOPING A STATE ACTION PLAN
Chapter 3. Implementation and Evaluation
  MONITORING AND COMMUNICATION
  MEASUREMENT AND REPORTING
  ADAPTING TO RESULTS OR CHANGING CIRCUMSTANCES
  EVALUATION DIRECTED TO FUTURE STATE ACTION PLANS
Chapter 4. Content and Recommended Outline for a State Action Plan
  INTRODUCTION
  STATEWIDE HIGHWAY-RAILWAY CROSSING SAFETY EFFORTS
  PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT
  DATA ANALYSIS
  RISK ASSESSMENT
  HIGHEST PRIORITY HIGHWAY-RAILWAY CROSSING SAFETY CHALLENGES IN THE STATE
  ACTION PLAN
  DETERMINE NEXT STEPS
PART 2: NOTEWORTHY METHODS IN PROJECT PRIORITIZATION
Chapter 5. Background on Prioritization
Chapter 6. Noteworthy Prioritization Practices
  PRACTICE 1 – STATES ARE TAILORING RISK FORMULAS TO STATE NEEDS
  PRACTICE 2STATES ARE INCORPORATING BENEFIT-COST EVALUATIONS INTO PROJECT SELECTION
  PRACTICE 3STATES ARE SUPPLEMENTING FEDERAL SECTION 130 HIGHWAY-RAILWAY CROSSING PROGRAM FUNDING WITH STATE DOLLARS
  PRACTICE 4STATES AR E INVESTING PLANNING DOLLARS (2 PERCENT ALLOWANCE) IN INVENTORY IMPROVEMENTS
  PRACTICE 5STATES ARE APPLYING INNOVATIVE IMPROVEMENTS TO PROJECT EXECUTION
  OTHER ISSUES OF NOTE
Chapter 7. References
APPENDIX A. State Highway-Railway Grade Crossing Information Sources for Noteworthy Practices
APPENDIX B. Summary of State Action Plans Submitted Under Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008
  ALABAMA
  CALIFORNIA
  FLORIDA
  GEORGIA
  ILLINOIS
  INDIANA
  IOWA
  LOUISIANA
  OHIO
  TEXAS
APPENDIX C. Blocked Highway-Railway Grade Crossings
  Identification and Evaluation of Safety Risks
  Best Practices
APPENDIX D. Costs and Benefits of Various Crossing Improvements

List of Figures

Figure 1 Photo. Crash scene in Miriam, Nevada, in June 2011
Figure 2 Diagram. State action plan resources and related plans
Figure 3 Diagram. Goals and "SMART" objectives
Figure 4 Photo. Highway-railway grade crossing and flashing lights
Figure 5 Photo. Highway-railway crossing and safety devices
Figure 6 Photo. Highway-railway crossing and truck avoiding gate arms
Figure 7 Diagram. North Carolina benefit-cost analysis methodology for highway-railway crossing safety programs

List of Tables

Table 1 State action plan summary table
Table 2 Model State action plan outline
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