Approximately 219 public at-grade railroad-highway crossings exist on Alaska’s roads and highways. Additional crossings exist on private lands. Railroad companies and the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) share responsibility for maintaining and providing traffic control devices at public crossings.
Alaska has two railroads:
The Alaska Traffic Manual (ATM) gives guidance for selection of traffic control devices for at-grade railroad-highway crossings and refers to the DOT&PF/ARR Policy on Railroad/Highway Crossings, which defines a process for further analysis.
The Federal Railroad Administration maintains an inventory of public railroad-highway crossings, with the cooperation of states and railroads.
Train/vehicle collisions in Alaska have declined significantly since the early 1980s.