As a community effort to address transportation challenges, the East End District is implementing a comprehensive strategy focusing on transportation safety, quality of life and mobility throughout the district. Key initiatives include: identifying traffic flow impediments such as blocked railroad crossings, damaged crossings, inadequate pedestrian access, and malfunctioning traffic control devices.

The East End District is the center of railroad commerce with trackage accommodating four railroad companies.
Notes from the Coordinator
East End District Public Safety Coordinator and Rail Safety Coordinator attended a luncheon with HPD, Houston Transtar and Dell to discuss technology solutions to improve safety and mobility in the district.

Jack C. Hanagriff, Rail Safety and Mobility Coordinator


East End District Submits Opposition Letter Regarding Canadian Pacific and Kansas City Southern Merger to Surface Transportation Board

East End District Steps Up Efforts to Identify Mobility and Safety Challenges Generated by Railroad Operations

Railroad Companies collaborate with Mayor’s Office of Innovation and the East End Rail Safety Coordinator to address concerns.

KPRC: Business owners in Houston’s East End, Fifth Ward say stalled trains are costing them money

Telemundo Houston: Vecinos del East End desesperados con los trenes

The East End District formed a Rail Safety Taskforce to identify mobility and safety impacts in the East Houston Region.

Briefing provided to Super Neighborhood #63 on August, 1, 2022.

Blocked Crossing Progress

A railroad crossing that is occupied by a train can be very frustrating. Crossing Signal Activation without a train “ghost train” or train “over-hang” causing the signals to activate can be just as frustrating.

The East End District is coordinating with the City of Houston Office of Innovation in analyzing crossing impacts and researching motorist assistance technology to help you get around impaired crossings.

To Report a Blocked Crossing
Rail Safety Task Force »  

Safety Sync-Up »  

It's All About Safety
  • Always Expect a Train
  • Obey All Warning Signs and Signals
  • Don’t Race or Drive Around Gates
  • Only Cross Tracks at Designated Railroad Crossings
  • See Tracks, Think Train
  • Never Stop on Tracks, It’s the Law