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Massachusetts Rail-Highway Crossing Program

Improving safety associated with rail highway at-grade crossings is a key priority for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation Transit and Rail Division has turned to HMMH for assistance in managing the federal funding program that supports safety improvements at crossings statewide.  The program results in capital improvements totaling between $3 million and $10 million each year.  Between 2010 and 2016, there have been 100 grade crossing improvement projects funded and managed through the Section 130 program.

The Section 130 program is guided by federal regulations that require States use a data-driven process to prioritize and select projects, which includes developing a survey and schedule of projects. HMMH works with MassDOT and the operating railroads in the state to assess the conditions of grade crossings and to establish a prioritization list. HMMH support also includes the following:

  • Facilitating Diagnostic Team Reviews
  • Compilation and assessment of hazard and risk data
  • Programing capital improvements
  • Coordination with private sector railroad partners in grant administration
  • Annual progress and performance reporting