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Rail/Highway crossing

  • Iowa has 5,157 public  highway-rail crossings in the state on state, city and county highways. Of those crossings, 4412 are at grade crossings.  Approximately 2500 additional crossings are located on private property (at businesses, farms, private homes, etc.) (2013)

  • In 2012 there were 41 highway-rail crossing crashes in Iowa at public crossings. Motor vehicle miles traveled  have increased significantly, yet crashes at highway rail crossings have decreased. (2011)

Highway-Railroad crashes and motor vehicle miles traveled chart

  • Crashes at highway-rail crossings have decreased despite the fact that rail car miles have also significantly increased. (2011)

Highway-railroad crashes and rail car miles chart