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FHWA Highway Safety Programs

Railway Highway Crossing Program Overview

The Railway-Highway Crossings (Section 130) Program provides funds for the elimination of hazards at railway-highway crossings. The Section 130 Program has been correlated with a significant decrease in fatalities at railway-highway grade crossings. From 2000 to 2019 the most recent data available shows fatalities at these crossings have decreased by 32 percent. The overall reductions in fatalities come despite an increase in the vehicle miles traveled on roadways and an increase in the passenger and freight traffic on the railways.

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) (Pub. L. 117-58, also known as the "Bipartisan Infrastructure Law" (BIL)), and Part 924 of title 23 of the Code of Federal Regulations (23 CFR Part 924), continues the annual set-aside for railway-highway crossing improvements under 23 USC 130(e). The funds are set-aside from the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) apportionment. The annual set-aside will be $245 million from FY2022 through FY 2026".

The funds are apportioned to States by formula.  For information on FAST Act apportionments by State, please see https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/bipartisan-infrastructure-law/funding.cfm.

In accordance with 23 USC 130(f), Section 130 projects are funded at a 100% federal share.