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 Zaida Amaya at zaida.amaya@cpuc.ca.gov or 916-928-4702.

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 27, 2019, the Commission issued Decision 19-06-029 to establish the new Priority List for FY 2019-2020. On June 25, 2020, the Commission issued Decision 20-06-030 establishing the Priority List for FY 2020-2021.

Call for grade separation projects for Fiscal Years 2020-2021 and 2021-2022

On June 27, 2019, the Commission issued Order Instituting Investigation 19-06-013 to establish the new Priority List for FY 2020-2021 and FY 2021-2022.  Application forms were due October 25, 2019 to be considered for the Priority List.

The next call for projects will be issued in the Commission Investigation proceeding in July of 2021, with nominations for the program due in October 2021.

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 Mariam Yani at mariam.yani@cpuc.ca.gov or (213) 576-7103.


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