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Hoosiers urged to report blocked RR crossings

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U.S. Sens. Todd Young, R-Ind., and Mike Braun, R-Ind., and U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-1st, are urging Hoosiers to provide input to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) on blocked railroad crossings. On June 14, the FRA issued a federal register notice in order to obtain information regarding the frequency, location, and impacts of highway-rail grade crossings blocked by slow-moving or idling trains. The solicitation notes the potential safety concerns with crossings blocked by trains, including delays in the response of emergency vehicles.

In addition, the notice states that the FRA proposes to add new dedicated links to its existing website and its existing phone app for users to report blocked crossings, and that this would simplify the reporting of blocked crossing information and standardize the data received.

“I encourage all Northwest Indiana individuals and entities engaged in this critical issue to submit their invaluable information and observations to the FRA,” Visclosky said. “I appreciate the initiative of the FRA to proactively seek out this information, and I will continue to work through the Congressional appropriations and legislative processes to further improve the capabilities to address blocked railroad crossing issues.”

For additional information on the FRA solicitation or to submit a comment, visit

Any person needing assistance submitting comments to the FRA is encouraged to contact Visclosky’s Merrillville office at (219) 795-1844.


Posted 6/18/2019




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