Technical Reports

USDOT Federal Railroad Administration's Third Research Needs Workshop on Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Safety and Trespass Prevention: Volume I - Summary of Results

  • 01
  • Jan
  • 2010
AUTHOR: Anya A. Carroll, Marco P. daSilva, and Tashi Ngamdung
KEYWORDS: Highway-rail grade crossing, rail industry, safety, security, fatalities, research needs, trespasser, trespass prevention, railroad
ABSTRACT: On July 14-16, 2009 the John A. Volpe National Transportation Center hosted the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) Third Research Needs Workshop on Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Safety and Trespass Prevention (workshop). The primary purpose of this workshop was to bring together nationally and internationally recognized subject matter experts to collaborate, identify and prioritize specific research needs to facilitate the reduction of highway-rail grade crossing and trespass incidents and fatalities for incorporation into the strategic vision of FRA, other USDOT modes and their stakeholders. There were approximately 90 participants, including support staff, over the two-and-a-half day workshop, representing the Federal, State, and local governments, as well as railroads, transit agencies, labor unions, academia, non-profit organizations, and consultants. The workshop was organized into six research needs areas and four cross-cutting areas by the Steering Committee's recommendation. This report (Volume I) provides specific information on all 80 research needs developed at the workshop, a discussion and analysis of these needs, balloting results, and details the top priority research needs, as identified by the workshop attendees.
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