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UTC approves rail safety improvements in Benton and Yakima counties
Signage upgrades will improve safety at 140 crossings
OLYMPIA, Wash. – State regulators today approved more than $4,500 in upgrades to make people safer at 140 railroad crossings in Benton and Yakima counties.
The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) approved a Grade Crossing Protective Fund (GCPF) grant at the request of Central Washington Railroad (CWA).
The railroad will receive $4,552 for emergency notification signs (ENS) at all 140 crossings on their lines in both counties. ENS signs include the railroad company name, an emergency phone number and the unique USDOT number assigned to each crossing.
The Federal Railroad Administration requires that ENS signs be installed at all railroad crossings in the U.S. by September 1, 2015.
The 1969 Legislature created the GCPF program to provide money for safety measures to reduce accidents and fatalities at public and private crossings and along railroad tracks.
The UTC regulates railroad safety, including approving new grade crossings and closing or altering existing rail crossings, investigating train accidents, inspecting public-railroad crossings, approving safety projects and managing safety education through Operation Lifesaver.