Railroad Crossing Funding Programs

The Commission's Rail Crossings and Engineering Branch administers three funding programs for railroad crossings: Section 130, Section 190, and Maintenance Fund.

Section 130

The Section 130 Grade Crossing Hazard Elimination Program provides federal funds to local agencies (cities and counties) and railroads to eliminate hazards at existing at-grade public highway-rail crossings.

Refer to the Section 130 funding guidelines for details.

For more information, contact Bree Arnett at bree.arnett@cpuc.ca.gov or 916-928-2516.

Section 190 Grade Separation Program

The Section 190 Grade Separation Program provides state funds to local agencies to grade-separate at-grade crossings (crossings), or to improve grade-separated crossings.

Refer to the Section 190 funding overview for details.

For more information, contact Matthew Bond at matthew.bond@cpuc.ca.gov or 213-576-1313.

General information

In accordance with Section 2452 of the California Streets and Highways Code, the California Public Utilities Commission (Commission) establishes the highway-rail Grade Separation Priority List (Priority List) for grade separation projects by July 1st of each year.  The California Transportation Commission and California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) use the Priority List to allocate available funds for the fiscal year (FY) to assist local agencies to finance grade-separating at-grade crossings of city streets, county roads, or state highways or altering or reconstructing separations.  The Priority List prioritizes funding for qualified grade separation projects.

The Commission issues a new Order Instituting Investigation (OII) every two (2) years, determining the Priority List for the next two (2) FYs.  The Commission adopts the Priority List for the first FY by issuing an interim decision before that FY. Subsequently after removing the projects which were funded already in the previous FY, the Commission adopts the revised Priority List for the second FY by a final decision before the second FY.

On June 9, 2016, the Commission issued Decision 16-06-012 to establish the new Priority List for FYs 2016-2017 and 2017-2018.  On June 30, 2017, the Commission issued Decision 17-06-023 establishing the revised Priority List for FY 2017-2018.

Call for grade separation projects for Fiscal Years 2018-2019 and 2019-2020

On July 7, 2017, the Commission issued Order Instituting Investigation 17-06-025 to establish the new Priority List for FY 2018-2019 and FY 2019-2020.  Application forms are due by October 20, 2017 to be considered for the Priority List.

Commission staff maintains a list of basic information about Caltrans funding allocations for Section 190 grade separation projects.

Maintenance Fund

The Railroad Crossing Automatic Warning Device Maintenance Fund provides funds to railroads to pay for the local government's share of the costs of maintaining automatic warning devices at railroad crossings.

Refer to the Maintenance Fund overview for details.

For more information, contact Maria E. Cardenas at maria.cardenas@cpuc.ca.gov or 916-928-3807.

 


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