Rail Transit Track Inspection Practices

As there are no actual rail track safety or maintenance standards promulgated for transit, this synthesis report offers state-of-the-practice information across a range of older and newer U.S. rail transit agencies on track inspection practices and policies. The goal is to provide rail transit agencies with a knowledge base of information that might help them to develop their own set of track safety and maintenance standards. Basic information gathered here includes agency staffing, agency organization and characteristics, track inspection program criteria, training and certification, procurement, and track safety practices. A review of the relevant literature yielded limited results. Organizations affiliated with the rail transit industry in the track inspection area are identified, along with their recommended practices issued as guidance to the rail industry in establishing individual policies and practice relative to each agency. A selected survey of 29 respondents out of 34 rail transit agencies, across a range of rail operations, yielded an 85% response rate. Case studies of four rail transit providers highlight more in-depth and additional details on successful practices, challenges, and lessons learned.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 59p
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    Open Access (libre)

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01525471
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780309270991
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Project J-7, Topic SD-04
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: May 28 2014 10:10AM