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Actions Needed To Further Improve Railroad Safety

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On May 22, 2007, the Assistant Inspector General for Surface and Maritime Programs testified before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Subcommittee on Surface Transportation regarding the Office of Inspector General's May 3, 2007 report on the Federal Railroad Administration's (FRA) activities to oversee safety at the Nation's highway-rail grade crossings (grade crossings). The Assistant Inspector General testified that FRA can further improve railroad safety by: (1) ensuring compliance with mandatory reporting requirements for grade crossing collisions, (2) increasing FRA's involvement in investigations of grade crossing collisions, (3) addressing sight obstructions at grade crossings without automated warning devices, (4) establishing reporting requirements for FRA's national grade crossing inventory system, and (5) requiring states with the most dangerous crossings to develop action plans.