Rail crossing collisions had been on a steady decline until last year. Collisions had dropped from about 12,000 per year in the 1970s to roughly 2,000 per year, according to The New York Times. But, 2014 saw collisions rise by 9% year over year.
The Federal Railroad Administration thinks that it can lower the risk of these collisions by making drivers more aware of their surroundings.
“The vast majority of these accidents and deaths are preventable,” said Sarah Feinberg, the Federal Railroad Administration’s acting administrator. “In some cases, maybe a driver intends to beat the train, thinks they are familiar with the route or still have time to cross. But there are many cases where drivers lack situational awareness, because it may be dark or the route is unfamiliar.”
You won't see any railway crossings labeled the next time you fire up Google Maps as Google has yet to integrate the United States Department of Transportation's database into its tool. There is no timetable for when crossing information will be available.