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Section 2: Crossing Closures & Consolidations

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Introduction

In the interest of public safety, TxDOT, local governments, and the railroad companies strive to consolidate and close existing redundant at-grade crossings, and make other operational or safety improvements to facilitate the elimination of safety hazards at railroad at-grade crossings at selected locations.

When proposing crossing closures within a community, the corridor of crossings over the same rail line should be considered. A corridor should be evaluated for:

  • any at-grade crossings that may be closed
  • any at-grade crossings that may be improved (both for capacity and safety)
  • any at-grade crossings that can be grade separated
  • traffic analysis of proposed roadway network.
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General Considerations

Considerations that may influence the decision to eliminate a rail-highway at-grade crossing include:

  • traffic analysis of proposed roadway network
  • density of crossings, especially when closer than ¼ mile apart
  • support from local community
  • sight distance restrictions
  • traffic and train counts (existing and future)
  • roadway speed limit
  • train speed
  • number of lanes
  • number of tracks
  • presence of siding or control point that will require a train to stop for extended periods
  • roadway profile
  • if roadway is paved or not
  • adjacent traffic signals or intersections
  • emergency vehicle routing
  • economic consequences related to businesses or anticipated growth
  • crash history and analysis
  • delays at existing crossing from trains blocking crossing
  • track abandonments or out-of-service tracks.
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Authorization of a Crossing Closure

Once a crossing has been identified for closure and the local government is in agreement, the local government’s governing body shall authorize the closure by passing a resolution or ordinance.

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