Technical Reports

High-Security Fencing for Rail Right-of-way Applications: Current Use and Best Practices

  • 09
  • Nov
  • 2015
AUTHOR: Federal Railroad Administration
OFFICE: RPD
SUBOFFICE: RPD-33
REPORT NUMBER: DOT/FRA/ORD-15/38
KEYWORDS: Railroading; trespassing; fencing, security
ABSTRACT: The Volpe Center investigated how high-security fencing is used to prevent right-of-way (ROW) trespassing at several urban transit and commuter rail agencies in the United States. Interviews, operations documentation, and site visits were used to gather information for this research, and it was found that the best high security fencing installations do the following: 1) prevent trespassing in all directions, i.e., over, under, and around; 2) are strategically placed in locations determined through rigorous hazard analysis and have community support; and 3) are part of a comprehensive railroad fencing program.
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