Funds now available for rail safety projects

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UTC now accepting applications

LACEY, Wash. - The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) is now accepting applications for Grade Crossing Protective Fund (GCPF) grants to help stop or reduce public safety hazards at railroad crossings and along railroad rights-of-way in Washington state.

The UTC awards these grants to railroad companies, local governments, and other agencies that propose to make safety upgrades at a railroad crossing or along a railroad right-of-way. Funding is also available for safety improvements at passively protected public and private railroad crossings.

Applications will be accepted until March 2025 or until the funding is depleted. To apply for funds, applicants can select one of three categories: safety improvements at passive crossings, open call for projects, and improvements to active warning devices at public grade crossings. Applications are available on the UTC website.

The Legislature created the GCPF in 1969 to provide money for safety measures designed to decrease the potential for accidents and fatalities at public and private crossings and along railroad tracks in the state. The UTC administers the fund.

The UTC is the state agency responsible for railroad safety, including approving new grade crossings and closing or altering existing rail crossings. The agency investigates train accidents, inspects public railroad crossings, approves rail safety improvement projects, and manages Operation Lifesaver, a rail safety education program in Washington and nationwide.


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