grade crossing


Definition of grade crossing

: a crossing of highways, railroad tracks, or pedestrian walks or combinations of these on the same level

Examples of grade crossing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The prosecutors’office in the northern border state of Sonora said the driver of the bus had apparently tried to outrun the train at a grade crossing. Washington Post, "7 dead in Mexico bus-train crash, 3 dozen injured," 8 Jan. 2020 But Genova said specific milestones — including advanced testing of grade crossings and positive train control — still need to be met before an opening date can be set. John Aguilar, The Denver Post, "RTD’s N-Line to Commerce City, Thornton delayed until at least mid-2020," 25 Sep. 2019 The program calls for painting white striped grids at 4,000 public and private grade crossings and installing roadside poles to keep drivers from circumventing crossing gates. David Lyons,, "Florida commits $60 million in bid to curb railroad crossing deaths," 5 Dec. 2019 Amtrak works closely with Operation Lifesaver to communicate the dangers of grade crossings. Benjamin Vanhoose,, "Virginia Bicyclist, 55, Dies After Collision with Amtrak Train," 30 Dec. 2019 The deceased were classified as either trespassers on railroad property, or those who had perished in grade crossing collisions with Tri-Rail trains. Andrew Boryga,, "Why is Brightline facing so many deaths? We need to ‘do more’ to stop them, CEO says.," 4 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of grade crossing

circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

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“Grade crossing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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