MDOT has regulatory responsibilities to assess the physical condition and safety needs of the approximately 4800 public crossings in the state as well as to ensure railroad worker safety related to clearances; sanitation; and shelter.
Railroads and road authorities should notify MDOT of any crossing safety concerns; when there is a planned project in the vicinity of an existing railroad crossing; or when a planned project would create a new crossing. Motorists should report crossing incidents, including cars stalled on tracks and malfunctioning warning devices, directly to the railroads, using the contact information provided on the blue USDOT national inventory tag posted at crossings.
Note that there are no current restrictions on the amount of time a train can occupy a crossing.
- MDOT Rail Safety Contacts
- Diagnostic Study Team Review Request
- Close Clearance Inspection Request
- Standard-Clearance Variance Application
- Unsafe Working Condition Inspection Request
- Guidelines for Exempt Signs
- MDOT Guidelines for Highway-Railroad Crossings
- Required Clearances Near Railroad Tracks
- Sanitation and Shelter for Railroad Employees
- Federal Railroad Administration
- Quiet Zones
- Law Enforcement's Response to RR Incidents
- Railroad Emergency Contacts
- Maintaining Railroad Crossings
- School Buses at Crossings
- Michigan Operation Lifesaver
- Snow Plow Tips
- MSP Crash Statistics
- Special Stops Required at Crossings
- Parking Prohibitions Near Crossings