Here’s how to report a train blocking a street crossing

Here's how to report a train blocking a street crossing
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Louisiana is home to hundreds of railroad crossings, where automobiles must stop to let a train pass. Rail helps move the United States economy, but blocked crossings sometimes inconvenience motorists who are in a hurry.

State and local politicians have tried limit the length of trains and the duration that they may block roads; Louisiana law, for example, ostensibly forbids blocking a crossing more than 20 minutes, and a Jefferson Parish ordinance bans it longer than five minutes.

But across the U.S., railroads have persuaded courts to overturn state and local restrictions, saying they are instead subject to federal law, because they engage in interstate commerce. There is no federal law on how long trains may block crossings nor one restricting train length.

Federal regulators, nonetheless, say they are concerned about blocked crossings. In 2019, the Federal Railroad Administration launched an effort to field complaints from the public. The agency says it is using the reports to learn where, when and for how long obstructions occur at the estimated 130,000 public grade crossings in the U.S.

Here’s how to file a report.

In Louisiana, 323 reports were filed in 2022, according to federal records. Texas had the most: 6,508.


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