State transportation officials say cost is a big reason they aren't putting up more railroad crossing gates. The number of highway-railroad crossing deaths or injuries was up last year, from 34 in 2011 to 47 in 2012. The state gets about $8 million in federal funds for railroad crossing safety.
State and local officials say cost is one of the many issues preventing gate and bell systems from being installed at Georgia's roughly 5,000 public rail crossings. State officials say there are more than 3,300 rail crossings in Georgia that have no gates or bells to warn approaching drivers.