The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has established a webpage allowing the public and law enforcement agencies to report blocked highway-rail grade crossings, according to the Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT.)
Blocked crossings occur when stopped trains impede the flow of vehicle or pedestrian traffic at railroad tracks for extended periods of time.
Communities have long dealt with the issue of blocked crossings, and the FRA is now seeking broad public input to understand the scope of the problem and to identify potential solutions, according to the news release.
The new FRA Blocked Crossing website requests specific information from users that includes the date, time, location and duration of the incident. Information collected will only be used to track the location and impacts of blocked crossings.
The FRA will share this information with communities, including railroads, state and local governments, and other federal authorities, to help facilitate local solutions to blocked crossing issues.
To report a blocked crossing, visit the FRA website at www.fra.dot.gov/blockedcrossings .