Technical Reports

North Carolina DOT Traffic Separation Studies: Volume II - Findings by Community

  • 01
  • Sep
  • 2004
AUTHOR: Jane Saks* and Anya Carroll
KEYWORDS: crossing elimination, grade crossings, traffic separation study
ABSTRACT: The Federal Railroad Administration requested the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT’s) Volpe National Transportation Systems Center (Volpe Center) to assess the Traffic Separation Study (TSS) process developed by the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s (NCDOT’s) Rail Division, to determine the effectiveness of the program and its applicability to other states. Stakeholders from 10 communities were interviewed to determine if the TSS process was effective, and if so, what best practices made the process successful. The TSS is a collaborative partnership among NCDOT Rail Division; railroad engineers; engineering consulting firms; mayors and other municipal officials; police, fire, and other emergency services staff; and community residents, including abutters to the site, land developers and motorists. It includes a comprehensive evaluation of traffic patterns at grade crossings to assess existing safety conditions and determine the need for improvements and/or elimination of crossings based on specific criteria that, in effect, serve as state guidelines. The ten sites reviewed in Volume II are: Salisbury, Benson, Stanley, South End, China Grove, Concord, Landis, Kannapolis, Harrisburg, Charlotte, and Wake Forest. This volume provides detailed information by community and highlights “lessons learned.”
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