Railroad

The Railroad Department:

  • Monitors the operations of twenty-four Oklahoma railroads for compliance with state railroad crossing safety regulations for more than 4,100 public, at-grade crossings in the state.
  • Investigates and makes recommendations concerning railroad crossing openings, closings, and crossing signal upgrades.

If you encounter a crossing that is blocked by a non-moving train for a period of more than 20 minutes, or if there is an emergency, call the toll-free emergency number posted at the crossing. Look for the Department of Transportation (DOT) number on the sign and be sure to include that when you call. Examples of railroad signs are available here.

If you own property adjacent to a railroad track and have livestock on the property, please see OAC Rule 165:32-1-10 for criteria to obtain a lawful fence. You must first notify the appropriate railroad of the need for a lawful fence before applying with the Commission for assistance. The Application for Lawful Fence is available here.

To read the final report of the Oklahoma Railroad Grade Crossing Safety Task Force (1998), which was charged with reviewing and developing recommendations for improving highway rail crossing safety, click here.

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