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An Overview of the Railroad-Highway Grade Crossing Improvement Program

PROGRAM AREA: Highway Safety
Instructor-led Training (ILT)Instructor-led Training (ILT)
Calendar Year
Host Price
1 Days
0.6 Units
$300 Per Participant


CLASS SIZE: Minimum: 20 Maximum: 30


A highway-rail grade crossing is the intersection of two transportation modes: railroads and highways. Many crossings are "at-grade" which significantly increases incidents of often-fatal crashes between trains and motor vehicles. Over the past 30 years, there have been substantial reductions in crashes and fatalities at highway-rail grade crossings due to the efforts of federal, state, and local governments, the railroads, and non-profit organizations such as Operation Lifesaver, Inc. Nonetheless, crashes still occur.

The goal of this one-day training course is to provide attendees with the knowledge and tools needed to plan, implement, and evaluate safety improvements to highway-rail grade crossings. The course presents:

An overview of the regulations, responsibilities, and funding mechanisms that apply to today's Highway-Rail Grade Crossing (HRGX) program.

The steps involved in planning, implementing, and evaluating highway-rail grade crossing improvement projects.


Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the highway-rail grade crossing program components and processes and the regulations that apply to the program.
  • Identify highway-rail grade crossing improvement work that is required as part of highway improvement projects under other federal-aid programs.
  • Describe the purpose and benefits of assessing highway-rail grade crossing safety and operations.
  • Explain considerations for implementing and maintaining a grade crossing improvement project.
  • Identify techniques and tools for improving highway-rail grade crossing safety and operations.


The target audience for this training course includes: State DOT personnel involved in highway-rail grade crossings; Public project engineers from railroad industries; Transportation consultants; FHWA safety engineers; MPO/City/county DOT personnel; and FRA crossing managers.

If you have questions about this NHI training, please contact NHI at or 877.558.6873.


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The National Highway Institute (NHI) has been accredited as an Accredited Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining this accreditation, NHI has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Accredited Provider status, NHI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.


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