Ask A Trooper: When is a bus required to stop at RR tracks

Published 5:50 pm Tuesday, June 14, 2022

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By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Question: I have noticed that some of the local express shuttle buses do not stop at railroad crossings. I thought all buses were supposed to stop before crossing railroad tracks. Can you talk about this?

Answer: If it is a school bus or Head Start (early childhood programs, etc.) bus then they are required to stop whether loaded or not.

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For other buses, the law requires loaded buses to stop for railroad crossings. If there are no passengers then they do not need to stop.

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