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Rail Safety Programs


The Ohio Rail Development Commission (ORDC) Railroad Grade Crossing Safety Program provides funding for highway-railroad grade crossing safety improvement projects. It is the practice of the ORDC to administer Highway-Railroad Grade Crossing Projects for the Hazard Elimination Program (e.g. 130 program) in compliance with 23 USC 130, 23 CFR 646 and 23 CFR 924 and to develop and maintain procedures to ensure full compliance.

Programs: The ORDC Railroad Grade Crossing Safety Program is divided into four (4) programs based on the type of project and method of project identification.  The four (4) programs are:

  • Formula-based upgrade program (warning device)
  • Corridor-based upgrade program (warning device)
  • Constituent-identified program (warning device)
  • Preemption program (warning device with traffic signal interconnection)

53 percent of Ohio's 5,900 public grade crossings are now equipped with modern lights and gates.  A total of 112 grade crossings have been or are in the process of being closed since the year 2000.  As a result, grade crossing accidents, fatalities and injuries have been reduced to a record 10-year low, through 2012.

Fiscal Year 2011 and 2012 Highlights

  • Invested approximately $47.7 million in safety upgrades around the state
  • 153 total safety projects
    • 81 formula-based warning device projects
    • 14 corridor-based warning device projects
    • 43 constituent-identified warning device projects
    • Preemption Program
    • Crossbuck Assembly Replacement Program