News Release      
  For Immediate Release | 5-16-18      
  Media Contact | Holly Ward      
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Commissioners Expected to Address Intersection Shutdown in Emergency Vote
Railroad crossing at 35th Avenue and Indian School in need of fundamental safety upgrades

PHOENIX — Prior to the looming Saturday deadline for a complete road closure, the City of Phoenix has agreed to make critical safety upgrades to the 35th Avenue and Indian School railroad crossing. Last week, Commissioners unanimously voted to order Burlington Northern & Santa Fe [BNSF] Railway Company to close the grade crossing to vehicular traffic on May 19, 2018 unless public safety improvements are agreed upon by stakeholders prior to that date.
Today, the City of Phoenix submitted a plan to the Corporation Commission to make the necessary safety upgrades by May 29, 2018. The plan calls for the City of Phoenix to move the pre-signal and stop bar from its current location north of the railroad tracks to the south side of the tracks. The plan also commits to a 12-month review and evaluation of the crossing upgrades.      
Crossing upgrades were ordered by the Corporation Commission on August 16, 2013. Earlier this year, the City of Phoenix installed new traffic signals on the north side of the existing crossing, not on the south side as was directed in Commission Decision 74043. The signal placement has proven to be confusing to motorists as vehicles are not properly stopped to avoid a potential collision with a train. The intersection is named as one of the nation’s most dangerous railroad crossings according to the Federal Railroad Administration.
Commissioners will hold an emergency meeting at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 17, 2018, at the Corporation Commission to discuss the proposed plan and vote on the pending road closure.  
All items relating to the BNSF Railway Company’s application to install crossing improvements at 35th Avenue and Indian School may be found in the Corporation Commission’s online docket at under docket number RR-02635B-13-0034.
Direct link to the City of Phoenix letter:
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