New Audit Announcements
FRA’s Collection and Use of Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Collision Data
According to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), approximately 92 percent of fatal train accidents are due to trespassing or collisions at highway-rail grade crossings. Since the all-time low of 1,933 in 2009, the number of collisions at grade crossings each year has ranged from 1,988 to 2,296. Given the numbers of highway-rail grade crossing accidents and fatalities and the emphasis on using data to identify improvement actions, we are initiating an audit of FRA’s collection and use of highway-rail grade crossing data. Our objective is to assess FRA’s collection and use of highway-rail grade crossing collision and accident investigation data to reduce grade crossing collisions.