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The Oregon Department of Transportation Rail and Public Transit Division oversees Oregon rail operations to ensure the structural safety of railroad cars, equipment, track, crossings, and signals and to maintain a safe environment for railroad employees. We also monitor the safety compliance of light rail, streetcar, and trolley service providers.
Acting as an agent for the Federal Railroad Administration, or FRA, we inspect track, railroad equipment and cars, hazardous materials and operating practices.
We have authority over Oregon's public highway-railroad grade crossings (where a railroad and a roadway cross at the same level). Just like intersecting roads have stop signs or traffic signals, grade crossings have control devices such as warning signs, crossbucks, pavement markings, gates and flashing lights.
Grade crossings are regulated in Oregon Administrative Rules Chapter 741, Division 100-200 and Oregon Revised Statutes Chapters 267 and 824. For rule text, see Rail Safety and Compliance Rules.
We oversee safety and security of transit agencies operating rail-fixed guideway systems, such as light rail, streetcars and trolleys.
These systems are regulated through the Federal Transit Administration's State Safety Oversight Program under 49 CFR 659 and 49 CFR 674. Learn more at the State Safety Oversight Program website.
Questions? Contact Lynda Horst, Rail Transit Compliance, at 503-986-4096 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
On December 1, 2016, the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) received a letter from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), specifying that the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, Section 11401, requires the FRA to issue Regulations requiring States to develop a State Grade Crossing Action Plan. The letter was ODOT Rail and Public Transit Division's (RPTD) notification of the requirement to develop a State Grade Crossing Action Plan.
A partnership effort between the RPTD and the Transportation Development Division, Planning Unit, has been initiated to help develop the State Grade Crossing Action Plan. The State Grade Crossing Action Plan is intended to identify how Oregon is to assess rail crossing incident locations, identify, prioritize and develop strategies to address rail crossing safety issues and provide a framework to identify locations for improvements.
Questions? Contact Richard Shankle, Crossing Safety Manager, at 503-986-4273 or Richard.A.Shankle@odot.state.or.us
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