State can’t limit how long trains block crossings, appeals court rules


For the first time in more than 100 years, a court has ruled that Kansas law can't be used to limit how long trains can block railroad crossings.

Earlier this month, the Kansas Court of Appeals ruled that the state cannot regulate how long a train can block a railroad crossing because it's pre-empted by federal law.

The appeals court found that the 1923 law, which bars trains from blocking intersections for more than 10 minutes without leaving a 30-foot opening, was superseded . . .


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