Cuomo signs bill aimed at making rail crossings safer
A measure requiring a comprehensive review of the state’s railroad crossings has been signed into law by the governor.
The bill, sponsored by state Sen. David Carlucci, a Rockland County Democrat, will prioritize safety improvements at all highway rail crossings in the state, as well as review the adequacy of traffic and pedestrian warning signals.
Carlucci said the law is important not just because of the commuter rail traffic, but also rail freight, especially in the Hudson Valley.
“One way we can safeguard against a potential or a leak or a spill of Bakken crude oil or another hazardous material is to secure and safeguard our rail crossings,” he said. “It doesn’t have to mean a lot of money. In many cases, it can be some extra paint on the road, some additional signage.”
The new law mandates study of: the safety of atgrade crossings, with the feasibility of implementing design changes; the adequacy of traffic and pedestrian warning signals; federal funding available for safety improvements; feasibility of equipping commuter trains with technology to improve safety; and an assessment of which atgrade rail crossings are the most dangerous in the state.