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For Immediate Release
Contact:  Matt Schilling
614 | 466 7750

PUCO approves upgrade of Canton rail crossing

COLUMBUS, OHIO (June 4, 2014) – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) today approved construction authorization directing Metro Regional Transit Authority (MRTA) to begin the installation of mast-mounted flashing lights and roadway gates at the 12th Street NW grade crossing (142-882M) located in the city of Canton, Stark County.

Funding for the project will be shared between the PUCO and city of Canton. MRTA is expected to complete the construction project before June 4, 2015.

To increase public safety during the construction of the projects, the PUCO may assist the local governments with the cost of improvements such as rumble strips, illumination, improved signage or other safety enhancements at the project locations. Funding for the improvements will come from the State Grade Crossing Safety Fund and will not exceed $5,000.

The PUCO is responsible for evaluating Ohio’s public grade crossings to determine the need for installing active warning devices. The annual number of train-motor vehicle crashes in Ohio has decreased significantly, from 123 in 2001 to 63 in 2013.

The Ohio Rail Hotline, at (866) 814-RAIL (7245), provides Ohioans with a toll-free resource for all railroad crossing questions. For more information regarding these crossings, access the Ohio railroad information system website at http://gradecrossings.puco.ohio.gov/.

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