The Railroad Division:
- 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. Here are some on-line examples of railroad signs.
Blocked Railroad Crossing Enforcement
On July 1, 2019, a new statute (66 O.S. §190) went into effect regulating trains that block Oklahoma road crossings for more than ten (10) minutes. This guide is written to introduce law enforcement agencies to the procedures that will be used to process violations of this statute. OAC 165:32-1-13 is an emergency rule that became effective upon gubernatorial approval. To assist law enforcement in locating a railroad in order to serve a citation, a sample citation has been provided, along with contact information.
UPDATE: An injunction filed on Oct. 30, 2019 in the federal case BNSF vs. City of Edmond, et. al, prevents the Oklahoma Corporation Commission from enforcing Title 66 O.S 190, the blocked crossing statute. The agency’s administrative court system will not be able to process any additional complaints until the federal case is completed.
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 on this site.
Railroad crossing rules can be found in Chapter 32 of the Commission’s Rules.
Final Report of the Oklahoma Railroad Grade Crossing Safety Task Force
More information is available in the final report of the Oklahoma Railroad Grade Crossing Safety Task Force (1998). The task force was charged with reviewing and developing recommendations for improving highway rail crossing safety.