Summary: S.4906 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in Senate (11/18/2020)

This bill provides statutory authority for the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to establish and maintain a portal and corresponding database through which it shall receive information on blocked railroad-highway grade crossings as a three-year pilot program.

The FRA must use information from the database (1) to assist in identifying the locations and potential impacts of frequent and long-duration blocked railroad-highway grade crossings; (2) as a basis for outreach to communities, emergency responders, and railroads; and (3) to support collaboration in the prevention of incidents at railroad-highway grade crossings.

Additionally, the Department of Transportation must evaluate the requirements of its railway-highway crossing program to determine whether

  • the program provides states sufficient flexibility to adequately address current and emerging grade-crossing safety issues,
  • the structure of the program provides sufficient incentive and resources to states and local agencies to make changes at grade crossings that are most effective at reducing deaths and injuries,
  • there are appropriate tools and resources to support states in using data-driven programs to determine the most cost-effective use of program funds, and
  • any statutory changes are necessary to improve the effectiveness of the program.