Rail Safety
State jurisdiction over railroad safety is extremely broad, however most areas have been preempted by the federal government. The Public Utilities Commission has primary jurisdiction over all public highway-rail crossings, including opening, closing, upgrading, signalizing, construction of overpasses or underpasses, and the allocation of costs. All economic jurisdiction over railroads that are part of the national railroad system come under the jurisdiction of the Surface Transportation Board.
Rail Transit Safety
In accordance with 49 CFR Part 674 and CRS 40-18, the Colorado Public Utilities Commission is responsible for the oversight of the safety of rail fixed guideway (RFG) systems within the state. While the authority of the Federal Transit Administration Regulations extends to RFG systems which have received or are receiving federal funds under the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act, Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century, Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act -A Legacy for Users, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century, Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, the Colorado Statute grants the state safety oversight authority to RFG systems operating within the state, whether receiving federal funds or not.
Call the railroad directly at the phone number shown on the blue Emergency Notification Sign posted at the crossing.
Example of an Emergency notification sign. Blue square that says "Report Emergency or Problem to 1-800-555-5555 Crossing 836 597 H."