8660 Public Utilities Commission
Program Descriptions


The PUC oversees the safety of all railroads, six major rail transit agencies, five smaller transit systems, and more than 16,000 public and private crossings. The PUC's specially trained and federally certified inspectors inspect all tracks (annually), all train equipment and facilities (semi-annually), investigate all rail accidents resulting in loss of life and property damage, and ensures the safe transportation of hazardous materials. The PUC has exclusive authority to approve or disapprove all highway-rail crossings. The Transportation program also oversees passenger carriers, including privately owned for-hire passenger transportation companies and household goods carriers. The program regulates rates and services, issues certificates and other licenses, and enforces safety standards and insurance requirements.