GCPF - Improvements to Warning Devices at Public Grade Crossings

Grants for installation or improvement/modification of active warning devices at public grade crossings follow the commission's petition process (RCW 81.53.261) and may be submitted for consideration at any time. 

Funding Availability


The commission may limit the amount of funding per project so that an optimal number of projects may be funded with regard to relative safety benefits and project costs. The commission generally approves proposals for no more than $20,000 for projects that do not have a cost-share or matching requirement.

In exceptional circumstances, the commission may approve an amount in excess of $20,000 to address an immediate or significant safety problem. If you request more than $20,000, you must provide sufficient justification. For example, if the amount requested represents a partial payment for a much larger project or if you are providing matching or shared costs, you must describe the larger project, including cost projections that describe which parties are expected to pay which portion of projected costs.

The commission will not pay administrative costs or labor costs if administration and labor is provided by the applicant with current staff, but may pay for contracted administration or labor. 

Petition Forms

Applications may be submitted electronically to records@utc.wa.gov. Please specify "Grade Crossing Protective Fund" in the subject line of the email. Applications may also be submitted by mail to the commission's mailing address.

Reimbursement Forms

The commission will make payment only on a reimbursement basis. The commission cannot approve advance payments for any project costs. Once your project is complete, please fill out the A-19 Invoice Voucher and Expenditure Summary and submit them with all related invoices and receipts. (See sample completed form).


For more information, please contact rail@utc.wa.gov.