Safety​
Railroad Safety Program

The Railroad Safety Unit's Mission is to identify, reduce and eliminate hazards at at-grade railroad crossings in the State of Georgia through the installation of warning device equipment, crossing consolidation, roadway and striping improvements to crossing approaches and grade separations.

 
 

Rail Safety Week

September 18-24, 2023

Each year Georgia DOT observes Rail Safety Week to help raise awareness about safety at highway-rail crossings.  Help us stop track tragedies and keep everyone safe by following these tips:

  • Obey all warning devices at railroad crossings.
  • Only cross railroad tracks at designated crossings.
  • Slow down, look, listen and be prepared to stop.

Red Out for Safety day is Friday, September 22. Georgia DOT encourages everyone to show their support by wearing red and sharing their photos on social media by using the hashtag #GDOTRedOutforSafety.

REMEMBER: See Tracks? Think Train!

Extra Mile Blog: Learn how a rail crash changed Jacee Thomas's life and what she's doing now to help keep travelers safe.

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By the Numbers

FY 2022

Funding  
4
Signing and marking projects addressed 272 crossings totaling $980K
Open to the public airports  
24
Warning device projects addressed at 273 crossings totaling$7.3 M
Open to the public airports  
4,600
Active Rail Miles
Takeoffs and landings 
465
GDOT Active Miles

 

 

Section 130 Program

The Georgia Department of Transportation, Office of Utilities (Department) administers a federally funded Section 130 program to evaluate and fund railroad-highway grade crossing safety improvements at public at-grade railroad crossings throughout the state of Georgia. Improvements under this Program may include the installation of new or upgraded train activated warning devices (bells, gates, and flashing lights); signing and pavement marking upgrades; elimination of redundant or unnecessary crossings; and other measures to enhance the safety and operational characteristics of Georgia’s public railroad-highway at-grade crossings.

The Department routinely partners with local road authorities for provision of roadway improvements or other modifications needed to accommodate the Grade Crossing Safety projects. Crossings are added to the program based on several factors including but not limited to: hazard index formulas, accident history, vehicular traffic, train traffic, school bus traffic, truck traffic, sight distance, consolidation opportunities, traffic/economic growth, and roadway conditions at a crossing. The program consists of a living list of potential projects, being reprioritized as crossing conditions change. Cost and scheduling play a role in where a project may fall in the program. The links below have additional information about our program.

Georgia DOT's Policies 6865-8, regarding ‘Railroad Maintenance of Grade Crossings on the State Highway System’ and 6865-10, regarding, ‘Duty of Railroads to Maintain Grade Crossings on all Public Roads’ provides guidance in resolving disputes between Railroads and Governing Authorities over matters relating to maintenance of crossing surfaces on all public road/railroad grade crossings.

Policies
6865-8- Railroad Maintenance of Grade Crossings on the State Highway System
6865-10- Duty of Railroads to Maintain Grade Crossings on all Public Roads

 

Railroad Crossing Complaint

Want to submit a complaint concerning a railroad crossing in your area? Visit our Contact Us webpage and select Railroad Crossing Issue in the Subject field. Please include the following information in the Comment field; date, time, county, route number, road name, crossing inventory number, approximate location and general information about the issue.

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Contacts

For more information regarding the Railroad Crossing Safety Program and Railroad Grade Crossing Maintenance, please contact:

Georgia DOT Contact

Jason Mobley
State Railroad Crossing Engineer
Office of Utilities
Email


Railroad Contacts

Georgia DOT also provides a contact list of railroad companies throughout the state.

CONTACT LIST