What do I need to know about performing work near the railroad tracks?
Anyone performing work (construction, highway, utility, fencing, brushing, etc.) near railroad tracks must contact the railroad regarding access to railroad property. There are often permitting, training, and flagging requirements when working near railroad tracks. Contact with the railroad should be made as soon as possible, as some processes may be lengthy. Links to Wisconsin railroads are located on our website.
Can pedestrians walk on or along the tracks?
No. Railroads are privately owned property. People who access railroad property without permission are violating the law and could be issued a citation. Trespassing along railroad right-of-way is highly dangerous and the leading cause of rail-related deaths in America. By the time a locomotive engineer sees a trespasser or vehicle on the tracks it's too late. It can take a mile or more to stop a train.
Cross train tracks only at designated pedestrian or roadway crossings, and obey all warning signs and signals posted there. If you cross at any other place, you are trespassing.