Railroad Crossing Safety

NCDOT works with agencies across the state to make railways and train crossings safer for everyone. Traffic control devices, closing and consolidating crossings and constructing bridges over and under dangerous intersections are all part of NCDOT's efforts to reduce hazards around North Carolina railways.

Working with the Federal Railroad Administration, NCDOT safety inspectors oversee more than 3,300 miles of track, signal systems and thousands of rail cars and locomotives.

All NCDOT railway projects at the state and federal levels are designed and managed by the Rail Division with the goal of increasing efficiency and safely for trains, passengers, the public and our freight partners.

Train Crossings

Even with increased efforts during the past decade, 40% of North Carolina's at-grade railroad-highway crossings remain unprotected by mechanical warning devices. The NCDOT, in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration, is working to "signalize" those unprotected crossings.

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Sealed Corridor Program

As the number of freight and passenger trains increases and highway traffic grows, the need for crossing safety improvements becomes more critical. Through the Sealed Corridor Program, NCDOT works with communities along the Raleigh-Charlotte corridor to eliminate or improve rail-highway at-grade crossings.

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Be Rail Safe

BeRailSafe is NCDOT’s statewide safety initiative that provides information and programming to educate adults and children about the dangers of being on and around railroad tracks. In addition, the initiative helps train law enforcement and other first emergency responders on how to safely perform their tasks along the state’s railways.

Visit BeRailSafe.org.