TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION IN GRADE CROSSING PROTECTIVE SYSTEMS

THE CONSTRAINTS ON INNOVATIVE GRADE CROSSING PROTECTIVE SYSTEMS ARE DELINEATED AND GUIDELINES FOR DEVELOPMENT INDICATED. INVENTORY DATA HAS BEEN ARRANGED TO PERMIT AN ESTIMATE OF THE CLASSES OF SYSTEMS NEEDED, THE ALLOWABLE COSTS, AND CONTRIBUTION OF VARIOUS TYPES OF CROSSINGS TO ACCIDENTS. MANY CROSSINGS WARRANT VERY LIMITED EXPENSE AND ACCOUNT FOR VERY FEW DEATHS. A NUMBER OF APPROACHES ARE POSSIBLE FOR THE INTERMEDIATE COST CLASSES, BASED ON USE OF CONVENTIONAL SIGNALS WITH LOW-COST ACTIVATION SYSTEMS. USE OF SIMILAR ELEMENTS, SINGLY OR IN COMBINATION, CAN ALSO IMPROVE EFFECTIVENESS OF MORE EXPENSIVE SYSTEMS. THE VERY HIGH COST LOCATIONS MAY WELL BENEFIT FROM INTER-CONNECTION OF TRAIN AND VEHICLE DETECTORS AND SMALL COMPUTERS. EXTENSIVE ANALYSIS AND LABORATORY INVESTIGATION HAS BEEN CARRIED OUT RELATING TO A MICROWAVE TELEMETRY ALTERNATIVE TO CONVENTIONAL TRACK CIRCUITS AND POSSIBLE CROSSING-LOCATED RADAR AND IMPEDANCE TRAIN DETECTION SYSTEMS. /AUTHOR/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Rept No DOT-TSC-FRA-71-3
  • Corporate Authors:

    Department of Transportation

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590

    Transportation System Center

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  • Authors:
    • Hopkins, J B
    • Hazel, M E
  • Publication Date: 1971-6

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 87 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00226337
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Nat Safety Council Safety Res Info Serv
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 3 1972 12:00AM