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About Us

Mission Statement

The Rail Division represents and advocates for customers of railroads, both passenger and freight, to ensure a safe, efficient and reliable rail transportation system.

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Responsibilities

  • Crossing safety authority over all public highway-railroad crossings.
  • Managing 150 miles of state-owned railroad right of way along the Astoria Line and the Oregon Electric Line.
  • Acting as an agent for the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) by inspecting track, railroad equipment and cars, hazardous materials and operating practices.
  • Regulating clearances between railroad tracks and structures to ensure the safety of railroad employees.
  • Inspecting tracks, including industrial spurs and sidings for compliance with ODOT regulations.
  • Responsibility for state safety oversight of transit agencies with rail-fixed guideway systems; including street cars and trolleys operated by other government bodies.
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