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Railroad Crossing Funding Programs

The Commission's Rail Crossings and Engineering Branch administers three funding programs for reducing hazards at highway-rail crossings:

Section 130

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

For more information, contact Bree Arnett at 916-928-2516 or 

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.

For more information, contact Maria E. Cardenas at 916-928-3807 or

Section 190 Grade Separation Program

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

For more information, contact (Yen) Ken Chiang at or 213-576-7076.

Call for grade separation projects for Fiscal Years 2014-2015 and 2015-2016

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 27, 2013, the Commission issued OII I.13-06-014 for establishing the new Priority List for FYs 2014-2015 and 2015-2016. Interested local agencies followed the OII I.13-06-014 instructions and submitted the nomination forms to Commission staff Ken Chiang no later than Friday, October 25, 2013.

The Priority List for FY 2014-2015 was adopted in the Commission's Interim Decision D.14-06-010, dated June 12, 2014. Subsequently on June 30, 2014, the Commission issued an order under D.14-06-056 to correct certain non-substantive errors in D.14-06-010. No rankings were changed as a result of these corrections. Local agencies must submit a separate allocation application(s) to Caltrans by April 1, 2015, for qualified projects on this Priority List to be considered for funding. See Appendix 1 of the OII  I.13-06-014.

It is anticipated that a final Commission decision for this proceeding, including the approved Priority List for FY 2015-2016, will be issued in May or June 2015. Projects receiving allocations for FY 2013-2014 or earlier will be removed from the Priority List (for FY 2014-2015) and a new ranking, reflecting their removal, will be issued resulting in the final Priority List for FY 2015-2016.

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


Last Modified: 10/14/2014

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