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Railroad consumer information

April 9, 2015
PUCO encourages safety at rail crossings
PUCO encourages safety at rail crossings

Every three hours, a person or vehicle is hit by a train in the United States. Many crashes at railroad crossings occur because motorists fail to stop at the crossing, drive around the gates or stop/stall on the tracks.

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June 10, 2014
2013 PUCO Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Statistics Report
2013 PUCO Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Statistics Report

With 36 freight railroads operating on and over 5,300 miles of track and over 5,700 public grade crossings, Ohio is the fifth leading state in terms of goods transported by rail. Being among the nation’s leaders in rail traffic brings with it a great responsibility to ensure safety.

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Ohio is a major crossroads for the railroad industry. Ohio has the fifth highest rail traffic in the country. The PUCO, in conjunction with the Ohio Rail Development Commission, is responsible for ensuring the safety of motorists at highway-rail grade crossings in Ohio. PUCO rail inspectors inspect the warning devices that are essential for motorist safety. The PUCO also approves funding for enhancing safety at highway-rail grade crossings.