The Rail Safety Section performs two distinct functions. The Section handles proceedings pertaining to the abolition, alteration, construction, relocation and suspension of public highway-railroad crossings to effectuate the prevention of accidents and the promotion of the safety of the public. Secondly, the Section inspects the facilities of the railroad companies for compliance of Public Utility Commission Railroad Regulations and Federal Railroad Administration Regulations as it relates to track, motive power and equipment, hazardous material and operating practice.
In Pennsylvania, there are approximately 9,000 miles of track, 5,574 public at grade crossings, 1,541 public highway above grade crossings and 1,685 public highway below grade crossings. At the present time, approximately 70 railroad companies operate in Pennsylvania which is the largest number of railroad companies per state in the United States.