Railroad Crossings

You must always stop within 50 feet, but not less than 15 feet, from the nearest rail of a railroad crossing when any of the following apply:

  • The signal is flashing;
  • The crossing gates are lowered;
  • A flagman is giving a signal;
  • A train is approaching so closely as to create an immediate hazard;
  • A train gives a warning signal and is an immediate hazard due to its speed or nearness to the crossing;
  • A stop sign is posted.

Under no circumstances should a motorist drive through, around or under any crossing gate while the gate is lowered. After stopping, remain stopped until all tracks are clear, all railroad crossing warning signals stop flashing, the crossing gates are raised, and it is safe to proceed.

7 Steps for Safety at Highway-Rail Grade Crossings:

  1. Approach with care.
  2. Prepare to stop.
  3. Look both ways and listen carefully.
  4. If it won’t fit, don’t commit. Do not enter a crossing unless you can drive completely through without stopping!
  5. Look again.
  6. Cross tracks with care.
  7. Keep going once you start.

If your vehicle stalls on the tracks, do the following:

  • Get out immediately
  • Move away
  • Locate Emergency Notification Systems (ENS) sign containing emergency contact information.
  • Call for help! Tell them a vehicle is on the tracks.