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Busses required to stop at railroad crossings

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Get ready for Ben Franklin Transit busses to stop even more; but it's not to pick up passengers. Starting June 10th all Ben-Franklin Transit busses are required to stop at railroad crossings.

State legislature passed a bill earlier this year, hoping to reduce the number of accidents with oncoming trains.

BFT Marketing Director, Christy Watts, says it is very important for all drivers to know the busses are now stopping at railroad crossings.

Watts said, "I think they are accustomed to seeing the big yellow school busses stop but not necessarily transit busses. So what we will be doing is flashing our lights well before we get to the railroad tracks to alert people that yes, we are going to stop and you need to stop too."

Watts also said BFT has ordered signs to put on the back of the busses that will read "this bus stops at all railroad crossings."

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