For Immediate Release
Contact:  Matt Schilling
(614) 466 7750


PUCO to hold public hearing on rail crossing exemption in Van Wert

COLUMBUS, OHIO (Sept. 12, 2016) – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) will hold a local public hearing to give the public an opportunity to express their views regarding a petition, filed by the city of Van Wert, to exempt school buses and motor vehicles transporting certain hazardous materials from the requirement to stop at the railroad crossing located on U.S. Routes 127 and 224 in Van Wert.

The local public hearing will be held Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. at the Van Wert City Building, City Council Chambers, 515 E. Main St., Van Wert, Ohio 45891.

Ohio law requires any bus, school or motor vehicle transporting certain hazardous materials to stop, look and listen for oncoming trains at every public rail crossing before safely crossing the tracks. Local highway authorities may petition the PUCO to waive this requirement.

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


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