Technical Reports

Trespass Event Risk Factors

  • 12
  • Nov
  • 2014
AUTHOR: Federal Railroad Administration
OFFICE: RPD
SUBOFFICE: RPD-33
REPORT NUMBER: DOT/FRA/ORD-14/32
KEYWORDS: Railroading, trespassing, risk factors, data collection
ABSTRACT: The Volpe Center has used three sources of data—the Federal Railroad Administration’s required accident reports, locomotive video, and U.S. Census data—to investigate common risk factors for railroad trespassing incidents, the leading cause of rail-related deaths in the U.S. Risk factors found include (1) a disregard for grade crossing warning signs, (2) trespasser intoxication, (3) use of distracting electronic devices, and (4) right-of-way proximity to stations, bridges, and rail yards. This research report offers several suggestions for improved data availability to support future studies.

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