Ohio is a major crossroads for the railroad industry. With approximately 5,000 miles of track and 5,700 public grade crossings and 36 freight railroads operating within our state, Ohio has the fifth highest rail traffic in the country. The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO), in conjunction with the Ohio Rail Development Commission, is responsible for ensuring the safety of motorists at public grade crossings in Ohio. PUCO rail inspectors inspect the warning devices that are essential for motorist safety. The PUCO also approves funding for enhancing safety at public grade crossings.
Each year, the PUCO issues the annual rail statistics book, which focuses on statewide trends for public grade crossings. Countywide trends can be found at the Ohio Railroad Information System (ORIS) website.