Technical Reports

Passenger Train Emergency Systems: Development of Prototype railEXODUS Software for U.S. Passenger Rail Car Egress

  • 19
  • Nov
  • 2014
AUTHOR: Federal Railroad Administration
SUBJECT: Emergency Preparedness, Passenger Rail
KEYWORDS: passenger trains, railroads, commuter rail, transportation, emergency evacuation, emergency egress, emergency exits, egress computer models, egress experiments, egress simulation, emergency evacuation simulation
ABSTRACT: The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT), is sponsoring a research program, which includes investigation of the applicability of time-based egress performance requirements to U.S. passenger rail cars. This report describes the development of a new prototype railEXODUS computer software (Prototype Software) that can be used to evaluate the applicability of time-based egress requirements to U.S. passenger rail cars. The new Prototype Software is based on modifications to existing railEXODUS prototype software, which were implemented to adapt the EXODUS model for use in accurately predicting U.S. passenger rail car egress times.