Evaluation of Grade Crossing Hazard Ranking Models

Public agencies involved with highway-railroad grade crossing safety must allocate available funding to projects which are considered the most in need for improvements. Mathematical models provide a ranking of hazard risk at crossings and support the project selection process. The goal of this research study was to provide ODOT, the ORDC, the PUCO, and other stakeholders with a better understanding of the grade crossing hazard ranking formulas and other methods used by States to evaluate grade crossing hazards and select locations for hazard elimination projects. A comprehensive literature review, along with interviews of state DOT personnel from eight states yielded best practices for hazard ranking and project selection. Detailed evaluation of several different hazard ranking models determined that the existing hazard ranking model used in Ohio, the U.S. DOT Accident Prediction Model, should continue to be used. The research team also recommends greater use of sight distance information at crossings and expanding the preliminary list of crossings to be considered in the annual program as enhancements to the existing project selection process used by the ORDC and ODOT.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 72p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01663407
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA/OH-2016/10
  • Contract Numbers: SJN 135243
  • Created Date: Mar 1 2018 11:06AM