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Section 3: Other Programs

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Crossing Closure Program

Under the Basic Closure Program, TxDOT may offer up to $7,500 to a local government to close a public at-grade crossing that is not shown on the FSP Preliminary Project List. Funding for the Basic Closure Program is offered via the FSP.

TxDOT may offer $150,000 to a local government for a crossing closure under the FSP if the crossing is identified on the Preliminary Project List via the TPIREV process.

For more information, see Chapter 4 of this manual.

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Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP)

TRF-RSS participates in the Railway-Highway Grade Crossing portion of the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP), with the following goals:

  • Grade separation of public at-grade crossings.
  • Closing redundant or unnecessary crossings.
  • Enhancing safety at public at-grade crossings.
  • Improving inventory tracking of crossings and rail-highway projects.

Each year, TRF-RSS reports progress to the FHWA, including:

  • crash data on at-grade crossings
  • quantity of public crossings, separated as active, passive, and grade separated
  • annual funding obligated under the FSP
  • procedures for prioritizing projects under the FSP
  • how TxDOT is analyzing crash data and tracking effectiveness of safety upgrades from the FSP
  • other efforts to improve grade crossing safety.

For more information, see the Highway Safety Improvement Program Manual.

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Temporary Programs

Utilizing funding from the FSP, TRF-RSS may implement other programs designed to enhance safety at at-grade crossings. Examples may include:

  • replacement of crossbuck signs
  • improving reflectivity of various signs
  • installation of stop and yield signs at passive crossings
  • programs to support implementation of federal or state laws
  • programs to improve safety based on statistical analysis or research on at-grade crossings.

TRF-RSS identifies the need for these programs, method of implementation, and required coordination efforts with District Railroad Coordinators and railroad companies.

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