After a Copperas Cove ISD school bus was filmed stopped underneath a railroad crossing arm Tuesday, Channel 6 looked into the requirements for buses arriving at rail crossings.
Here is what a bus driver must do at railroad crossings:
- Stop the vehicle not closer than 15 feet or farther than 50 feet from the track.
- While stopped, listen and look in both directions along the track for an approaching train and signals indicating the approach of a train.
- Drivers may not proceed until it is safe to do so.
The operator must drive in a gear that permits the bus to complete the crossing without a change of gears. The operator may not shift gears while crossing the track.
Drivers are not required to stop at an abandoned railroad grade crossing that is marked with a sign reading “tracks out of service” or an industrial or spur line railroad grade crossing that is marked with a sign reading “exempt.”