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

Technical Report Documentation Page

1. Report No.


2. Government Accession No.

3. Recipient's Catalog No.

4. Title and Subtitle

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

5. Report Date

November 2016

6. Performing Organization Code

7. Author(s)

Allan Rutter, Curtis Morgan, Jeff Warner, and  Brett Graves

8. Performing Organization Report No.

9. Performing Organization Name and Address

Leidos Transportation Solutions Division
11251 Roger Bacon Dr.
Reston, VA 20190

Texas A&M Transportation Institute
The Texas A&M University System
College Station, Texas 77843-3135

10. Work Unit No. (TRAIS)

11. Contract or Grant No.



12. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address

Federal Highway Administration
Office of Safety Research and Development
6300 Georgetown Pike
McLean, VA 22101

13. Type of Report and Period Covered

Final Report

14. Sponsoring Agency Code

15. Supplementary Notes

The Federal Railroad Administration worked in coordination with the Federal Highway Administration to develop this document consistent with the requirements in Section 11401 of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act.

16. Abstract

Development of State Highway-railway Grade Crossing Action Plans (State Action Plans (SAPs)) were initially required by Section 202 of the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (RSIA08), Public Law 110-432, Division A, for the 10 States identified with the highest  number of highway-railway grade crossing collisions over a specific 3-year period. The National Transportation Safety Board recommended to the Federal Highway  Administration and  the Federal Railroad Administration (Recommendations H-12-60 and  H-12-61) the development of a model grade crossing  action plan  that can be used as a resource document by all States interested in producing a SAP similar to those required for the 10 States in RSIA08. Section 11401 of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act requires the Federal Railroad Administration to issue rules for developing a model state highway-railway grade crossing action plan  and  requires States to submit  a SAP. It outlines  a process  for preparing a SAP and  suggests an outline for SAP content. This document also details  five overall  noteworthy practices employed by State agencies in administering Federal and  State highway-railway grade crossing  protection programs

17. Key Words

Section 130, grade crossing, State Action Plan, highway- railway  grade crossing, railroad crossing, prioritization

18. Distribution Statement

No restrictions.

19. Security Classification (this report)


20. Security Classification (this page)


21. No of Pages


22. Price


Form DOT F 1700.7 (8-72)
Reproduction of completed page authorized.

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