The Intersection of Rail and Roads: Improving At-Grade Crossing Safety and Mobility

Date/Time: Thursday, August 16


Room: Salon BC – 4th Floor

SESSION DESCRIPTION: Ohio’s freight railroads operate approximately 5,300 miles of active rail, and there are approximately 123,000 miles of roadway. Consequently, there are more than 5,700 public railroad-highway grade crossings statewide. In the last ten years, there have been 765 crashes at railroad crossings with 79 fatalities. Hear about the laws that govern railroads and how government agencies and private railroads are working to improve safety and mobility.

Moderator: Sharmili Reddy, City of Fort Mitchell, Kentucky


  • Bryant Thomas, Norfolk Southern Railway
  • Jim O’Reilly, University of Cincinnati / City of Wyoming, Ohio
  • Matt Dietrich, Ohio Rail Development Commission