Motorists and others are now able to go to a website to report when there is a railroad crossing that is blocked.
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has a new webpage for the public and law enforcement to report blocked highway-rail grade crossings, according to Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) officials.
Blocked crossings occur when stopped trains are in the way of vehicle or pedestrian traffic at railroad tracks for extended periods of time.
The new FRA Blocked Crossing website requests specific information from users, including the date, time, location and duration of the incident. Information collected on the website is only being used to track the location and impacts of blocked crossings.
The FRA’s purpose for collecting this information is to learn where, when, for how long, and what impacts result from blocked highway-rail grade crossings. The FRA will share this information with stakeholders including railroads, state and local governments, and other federal authorities, using it to help facilitate local solutions to blocked crossing issues.
Visit the FRA website at www.fra.dot.gov/blockedcrossings to report a blocked crossing in your area.