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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 bree.arnett@cpuc.ca.gov 

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 maria.cardenas@cpuc.ca.gov

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 ykc@cpuc.ca.gov or 213-576-7076.

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.

The Priority List for FY 2015-2016 under OII I.13-06-014 was adopted in the Commission's Final Decision D.15-06-006, dated June 11, 2015.  Local agencies must submit a separate allocation application(s) to Caltrans by April 1, 2016, for qualified projects on this Priority List to be considered for funding.  See Appendix 1 of OII I.13-06-014 for more information.

Call for grade separation projects for Fiscal Years 2016-2017 and 2017-2018

On June 22, 2015, the Commission issued OII I.15-06-008 for establishing the new Priority List for FYs 2016-2017 and 2017-2018.  Interested local agencies shall follow the OII I.15-06-008 instructions and submit the nomination forms to Commission staff Ken Chiang no later than Friday, October 23, 2015.

It is anticipated that an interim Commission decision for this proceeding (I.15-06-008), including the approved Priority List for FY 2016-2017, will be issued in June 2016.  Local agencies must submit a separate allocation application(s) to Caltrans by April 1, 2017, for qualified projects on this Priority List (for FY 2016-2017) to be considered for funding.  Projects receiving allocations for FY 2015-2016 or earlier will be removed from the Priority List (for FY 2016-2017) and a new ranking, reflecting their removal, will be issued in June 2017, resulting in the final Priority List for FY 2017-2018.

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

  

Last Modified: 8/13/2015


 
 
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