The light rail revolution – a safety risk perspective

Modern light rail (LR) transit networks offer an efficient and reliable mode of public transport, particularly in congested urban conditions where there are frequent interactions between various road users. But how do we ensure the safety of passengers, public and other road users? The safety risks associated with light rail are somewhat less explored and understood, in comparison to the more established transport modes of buses and heavy rail. Quantitative Risk Assessment (QRA) is a common method for evaluating the risk profiles of complex systems, such as public transportation networks. QRA is often applied as a basis for driving business decisions and as part of a risk management framework to satisfy legislative duties in relation to safety issues. This technical paper will gauge public perceptions of risks associated with light rail operations and outline the legal requirements (or guidelines) with regards to undertaking QRA on public transport projects. The common QRA techniques will be explored, with the benefits and corresponding challenges noted, with respect to light rail applications. We will also present case studies on QRA, as applied to light rail projects, to better understand the current risk management practices in the light rail industry.

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  • Pagination: 10p. ; PDF
  • Monograph Title: Maintaining the momentum: CORE 2016: conference on railway excellence, 16-18 May 2016, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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  • Accession Number: 01636832
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: May 30 2017 3:27PM