Six fatalities and two disabling injuries have occurred in crashes between BNSF trains and motor vehicles or pedestrians over the last 30 years at the North 33rd Street and Adams Street crossings. Currently, 65 trains travel the BNSF tracks on a daily basis, and approximately 20,200 motor vehicles cross the BNSF tracks at these two crossings combined. The current daily railroad crossing exposure rating (daily trains multiplied by daily vehicles at the two crossings) is approximately 1,313,000 potential crashes per day between trains and motor vehicles. The exposure rating is expected to increase as rail freight movements in the United States are projected to increase by 37% over the next 25 years.
Congestion and delays due to passing trains block both roads for approximately 3.5 hours each day. Alternative routes across the BNSF Railway corridor in the study area, primarily North 27th Street, are becoming increasingly congested and are projected to see increased traffic volume over the next 25 years. In addition, there are no sidewalks or shoulders for pedestrians or bicyclists at either crossing. Facilities for connectivity between alternative travel modes (bus, bicycle and pedestrian) do not meet the existing or future (2040) needs of Northeast Lincoln, as identified in the City of Lincoln/Lancaster County MPO’s Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP).