The Press Enterprise has reported a questionable figure regarding the costs to upgrade a railroad crossing in the Box Springs area located between Moreno Valley and the UC-Riverside area. County officials plan to simply close off this crossing which has caused concerns from residents. Officials cite safety issues and the high cost to upgrade the crossing to meet safety standards. According the newspaper, Riverside County officials estimate the cost to upgrade this Perris Valley Line rail crossing in Box Springs to be anywhere from $3-4 million. In contrast, the State of Indiana estimates that upgrading a railroad crossing with automatic warning devices and gates is about $250,000. Ohio estimates $200,000 per upgrade. Even if the streets in the Box Springs area required minor upgrades and widening, the reported cost of $3-4 million is more than 10 times the cost of a single family home, which requires far more construction labor. We’ll take a closer look at the Box Springs railroad crossing drama before making any judgement, but the inflated cost to upgrade a single grade crossing to improve its safety is absolutely questionable to say the least.