Maps are the Solution to Pin-Pointing Emergency Locations

Trains are one of the most efficient means of personal transportation and shipment of goods. Because of their usefulness, railroads are a popular method of travel. It would be unwise to not include railroads and their intersections with streets and highways in an emergency response plan. Clear Track Ahead maps are accurate and easy to use. Clear Track Ahead is the Solution for both PRE-PLANNING and RESPONSE to rail accidents.

Mapping Solutions


Clear Track Ahead uses GPS technology to integrate railroad locations with 9-1-1 Center address mapping.

Identify 9-1-1 Jurisdictions by milepost location.

Local maps are integrated with railroad mileposts, "place names" unique to the ROW, and local roadways.

Custom maps are generated in both print copies and digital copies.

Maps that are unique to, and localized for, the railroad and the Emergency Responder.

Railroad Response Plan


Understanding railroad basics can significantly enhance emergency responses. Here are specific questions emergency management needs to address when forming a rail emergency response plan:

•    Does the plan identify each separate railroad in the response area?
•    Does the plan include accurate emergency contact information for each railroad?
•    Does the plan incorporate railroad milepost locations on response maps?   
•    Is the plan reviewed,
verified and updated for continued changes? 

Understanding Railroads


Understanding how railroads are organized and operate is also critical to an emergency manager’s portfolio of plans in order to interpret and act quickly on a railroad report to 9-1-1. This information is rarely integrated on any 9-1-1 maps. 

Perhaps most critical to that plan is an understanding of how railroads are addressed and operated. Railroads have a mile marker system line address similar to that found on interstates and major highways. Railroads similarly call them the milepost. 

The milepost (MP) addresses are set at approximately one-mile intervals along a designated line with an MP 0 starting point. As the train moves away from MP 0, the milepost addresses increase sequentially. The distance between mileposts often varies because of rail line acquisitions or relocations, but this is not a problem because each milepost represents an unchanging specific geographic location on the line.  

Switches, signals, sidings, bridges, tunnels, stations, highway grade crossings and other railroad infrastructure called “waypoints” between mileposts are assigned a milepost address. The milepost address is usually carried out to the hundredth of a mile. For example, a highway grade crossing may have a railroad MP address of 251.67. That indicates that the crossing is 251.67 miles from MP 0 on that specific line. Switches and/or signals that are remotely controlled from a control station are known as controlled points with names like CP MAX or CP 144.

Advice from the Experts:

National Emergency Number Association recommends:


"Integration of railroad mileposts with latitude and longitude into electronic maps for PSAP call takers."

NENA Milepost OID 56-502

National Transportation Safety Board recommends:


"Facilitate the inclusion of Railroad Milepost markers on all emergency response maps across the country."

NTSB/RAR-0104  PB2001-916304

In a crisis, can your Emergency Responders quickly locate a Railroad incident?
Clear Track Ahead mapping is the Solution.