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June 18, 2013 - 1:37 pm

A new smartphone app from the Federal Railroad Administration tells you if you’re about to be hit by a train.

The Rail Crossing Locator, said the Department of Transportation, provides the public with easy access to safety information about the nation’s more than 200,000 highway-rail grade crossings:

“Safety is our highest priority, and at the Department of Transportation, we believe that giving people better information leads to smarter and safer travel,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.  “With the Rail Crossing Locator, individuals can use a mobile app to access information wherever they are to improve neighborhood safety and make better personal travel choices.”

The Rail Crossing Locator app works by prompting users to enter a specific location, which then allows them to locate highway-rail grade crossings in their area and retrieve important information, such as the physical characteristics of a crossing and the type of traffic control devices used. The app allows users to report information about grade crossings to the FRA to ensure the most accurate and up-to-date information is available. This new app is free through Apple’s App Store and can be used on any iPhone or iPad.

Over the past decade, highway-rail incidents have declined by 34 percent, and deaths resulting from these events have fallen 30 percent.  However, while the total number of incidents has been trending downward, collisions at highway-rail crossings remain a challenge to safety.  Last year alone, highway-rail crossing collisions accounted for nearly 20 percent of all reportable rail accidents and incidents and represented nearly one-third of all rail-related fatalities.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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"The Rail Crossing Locator app works by prompting users to enter a specific location, which then allows them to locate highway-rail grade crossings in their area and retrieve important information, such as the physical characteristics of a crossing and the type of traffic control devices used. "

So the app DOESN'T tell you if a train is coming; it is a database of information about crossings that you ask about. It apparently doesn't have any information on actual real-time traffic at those crossings. That makes the headline dishonest and, I assume, deliberately so. If I wanted lies, I'd go to the MSM.
1 year ago
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The five finalists in the 2013 I.B.A.Richard Cranium Railroad Operator
contest with 60 days of reports missing yet.

http://fastlane.dot.gov/2012/12/2011-safety-numbers-show-decline-in-traffic-fatalities-but-dots-work-continues.html#.UOVfum-TrTo
The updated Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) data shows 2011
also saw the lowest fatality rate ever recorded, with 1.10 deaths per
100 million vehicle miles traveled in 2011, down from 1.11 deaths per
100 million vehicle miles traveled in 2010. (1 fatality per 90,909,091
miles traveled)
January TO October, 2012
AMTRAK -Total fatalities: 97
Total nonfatal conditions: 1,463
Killed crossings-28
Killed Pedestrians-64
Killed Passengers-4
Killed workers-0
Injured crossings-137
Injured pedestrians-31
Injured workers-572
Injured passengers-576
Total train miles: 33,814,976
1 killed per 348,608 miles traveled
In 100 million miles Amtrak kills 287 people not 1.1 people.
++++++++
BNSF-Total fatalities: 73
Total nonfatal conditions: 608
Killed crossings-32
Killed Pedestrians-37
Killed Passengers-0
Killed workers-0
Injured crossings-77
Injured pedestrians-46
Injured workers-397
Injured passengers-0
Total train miles: 159,783,002
1 killed per 2,188,808 miles traveled
In 100 million miles BNSF kills 46 people not 1.1 people.
++++++++
CSX- Total fatalities: 86
Total nonfatal conditions: 399
Killed crossings-28
Killed Pedestrians-57
Killed Passengers-0
Killed workers-2
Injured crossings-119
Injured pedestrians-72
Injured workers-184
Injured passengers-0
Total train miles: 83,610,301
1 killed per 972,213 miles traveled
In 100 million miles CSX kills 103 people not 1.1 people.
++++++++
Norfolk Southern-Total fatalities: 73
Total nonfatal conditions: 391
Killed crossings-17
Killed Pedestrians-55
Killed Passengers-0
Killed workers-0
Injured crossings-89
Injured pedestrians-44
Injured workers-183
Injured passengers-0
Total train miles: 73,999,677
1 killed per 1,013,694 miles traveled
In 100 million miles NS kills 99 people not 1.1 people.
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Union Pacific-Total fatalities: 114
Total nonfatal conditions: 770
Killed crossings-44
Killed Pedestrians-61
Killed Passengers-0
Killed workers-5
Injured crossings-149
Injured pedestrians-80
Injured workers-384
Injured passengers-0
Total train miles: 140,664,592
1 killed per 1,233,900 miles traveled.
In 100 million miles UP kills 81 people not 1.1 people.
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Smarter-than-Thou phones.
1 year ago
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If you need a smartphone app to tell if you're crossing railroad tracks, you need more than a smartphone.
1 year ago
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If only more people were smarter than their phones.
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