Technical Reports

In-Depth Data Analysis of Grade Crossing Accidents Resulting in Injuries and Fatalities

  • 11
  • May
  • 2017
AUTHOR: Federal Railroad Administration
OFFICE: RPD
SUBOFFICE: RPD-33
REPORT NUMBER: DOT/FRA/ORD-17/04
KEYWORDS: : Grade crossing, warning device, average annual daily traffic, Federal Highway Administration, Federal Railroad Administration, vehicle miles traveled, freight train miles, fatality analysis reporting system
ABSTRACT: Grade crossing accidents represent a significant proportion of railroad-related fatalities and injuries. FRA is committed to improving public safety by decreasing the number of grade crossing accidents. In this project, the FRA grade crossing incident and crossing inventory databases were analyzed to identify the factors that contribute to highway-rail grade crossing accidents. Descriptive statistics, trend and frequency analyses, and correlational analysis of variables were calculated. Time series decomposition, driver demographic analysis, and analysis of temporal and environmental effects were also performed as part of this research.

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