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Ohio panel to solicit input on rail crossing exemptions


The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) will hold two public hearings this month to solicit input on a request to exempt school buses and motor vehicles transporting certain hazardous materials from the requirement to stop at certain grade crossings.

A hearing will be held Oct. 19 in Newton Falls to hear opinions on exempting the requirement at crossings in Mahoning County at Diehl Road, Bailey Road and Ellsworth Road; and State Route 14, State Route 534 and the U.S. Route 224.

The second hearing, also to be held Oct. 19, will address crossings in Trumbull County at State Route 82 and State Route 534; and County Highway 114D/Braceville Robinson Road.

Ohio law requires bus, school or motor vehicle transporting certain hazardous materials to stop, look and listen for oncoming trains at every public rail crossing before safely crossing the tracks, according to a PUCO press release.

Local highway authorities may petition the PUCO to waive this requirement.

Contact Progressive Railroading editorial staff.

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