Regulators to take possible vote on enforcement of new railroad law



The Oklahoma Corporation Commission meets Thursday to consider rules to enforce a new law regarding trains that block street intersections.

The Commission started holding technical conferences back in January to get input. In January, the Commission wanted the ability to conduct a compliance audit should a train block a crossing more than 10 minutes. The audit would explore the frequency of blocked crossings, the pattern and whether the blocked crossing was justified. whether the blocked crossing is justified.

The rules are to be part of a new law which allows penalties up to $1,000, even though the Corporation Commission staff preferred a $500 penalty. House Bill 2472 was signed into law last month by Gov. Kevin Stitt.


The issue is on the Commission’s regular meeting and its daily signing agenda docket. The meeting starts at 9:30 a.m. in Room 301 of the Jim Thorpe Office building, 2101 North Lincoln Boulevard in Oklahoma City.

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