Effect of Grade Separation on Pedestrian Railroad Trespass Activity at Shuttlesworth Drive in Collegeville, AL

The Volpe Center, under the direction of the Federal Railroad Administration's (FRA’s) Office of Research, Development, and Technology, conducted a research study to evaluate the effects of closing and replacing the Fred L. Shuttlesworth Drive grade crossing (Crossing ID 352514C) with a vehicular and pedestrian overpass bridge on trespassing along a rail corridor in Birmingham, AL. Trespassing events were coded for 10 hours per day for 5 weekdays before construction of the overpass bridge and then again for approximately 5 months after the opening of the overpass bridge. Results indicate that the rate of trespassers increased by 72 percent, from 44.74 to 76.91 per 100 pedestrians entering the railroad right-of-way, after the construction of the overpass bridge. However, high-risk trespass activities (trespassing during train events and trespassers physically interacting with a train) decreased significantly after the construction of the overpass bridge. Trespassing during train events decreased by 84.3 percent, from 7.05 to 1.10 trespassers per train event, and trespassers physically interacting with a train decreased by 92.6 percent, from 1.62 to 0.12 trespassers per train event after the construction of the overpass bridge.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Draft Final Report
  • Features: Figures; Maps; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 45p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01706724
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT/FRA/ORD-19/11, DOT-VNTSC-FRA-18-05
  • Contract Numbers: RR97A7/RJ1K4; RR97A8/RD601
  • Created Date: May 20 2019 11:00AM