August 19, 2016 - Austin American-Statesman

Alarmed by a faulty railroad crossing signal in your neighborhood?

Aggravated by loud, late-night honking as a freight train trundles through your community?

Don’t bother calling the Texas Railroad Commission for help.

Once upon a time — at its founding more than a century ago — the state agency was charged with overseeing rail matters. But for decades the Railroad Commission’s regulation of trains has ebbed; the agency fully transferred oversight of railroads to the Texas Department of Transportation in 2005.

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TRA Note: Changing the confusing name of the Texas Railroad Commission to anything more appropriate for gas, oil and energy is long overdue. TRA has been advocating for this change since 2005.