The Ohio Rail Development Commission works closely with the Ohio Public Utilities Commission in coordinating, collecting and reporting data related to railroad crossings in Ohio.
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.
The ORDC Railroad Grade Crossing Safety Program is divided into four programs based on the type of project and method of project identification. The four 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)
2019-2020 Safety Projects
Map and chart detailing the 115 rail safety projects funded in fiscal years 2019 and 2020, representing more than $34.5 million investment in improvements.
Report Safety Concern at a Rail Crossing
To report a safety emergency, call the railroad at the number listed on the blue sign or dial 911. For non-emergency concerns such as rough crossing surfaces, use the PUCO Rail Contact Form.
Report a Blocked Crossing
The ORDC partners with other entities to ensure rail crossing safety, including blocked crossing reporting.
Railroad Emergency Contact List / Blue Sign Info
The blue sign at every crossing has an emergency phone number and a unique crossing identification number. ORDC maintains a complete list of emergency phone numbers.
Railroad Audit Circulars
These circulars provide guidance on audits related to ODOT or Ohio Rail Development Commission (ORDC) railroad projects.
Quiet Zone Information
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) train horn rule provides localities nationwide with the opportunity to establish quiet zones.
Grade Crossing Safety Project Managers
ORDC has four grade crossing safety project managers and one preemption manager who oversee projects across Ohio. Their territories and contact information are available on the linked map.
Preemption Training Files
ORDC makes available training materials for railroads and communities implementing preempted traffic signals at railroad crossings.
Ohio Railroad Information System
The Public Utilities Commission hosts a database that inventories all of the railroad-highway crossings in the state.
Railroad Construction Contract Administration
The ORDC, railroad, and highway authority share roles and responsibilities when administering federally-funded construction projects.