THE EFFECTIVENESS OF FLASHING LIGHTS AND FLASHING LIGHTS WITH GATES IN REDUCING ACCIDENT FREQUENCY AT PUBLIC RAIL-HIGHWAY CROSSINGS, 1975-1978
The Highway Safety Acts of 1973 and 1976, and the Surface Transportation Assistance Act of 1978, provide funds to individual states to improve safety at public rail-highway crossings. The report was undertaken in support of a U.S. DOT effort to develop a resource allocation model designed to select and rank crossings, and recommend warning device improvements in a cost-effective manner. Input to the model included the effectiveness of active warning devices, flashing lights and flashing lights with gates, in reducing accident potential. The effectiveness is defined as the percentage of accident reduction at crossings which result from the installation of warning devices. The report is based on inventory and accident data available from computerized FRA data bases, and computes new effectiveness values in three categories: (1) flashing lights at formerly passive crossings, (2) flashing lights with gates at formerly passive crossings, and (3) flashing lights with gates at crossings formerly equipped with flashing lights only.
- Sponsored in part by Federal Highway Administration, Washington, DC. Office of Research.
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- Morrissey, J
- Publication Date: 1980-4
- Pagination: 28 p.
- TRT Terms: Analysis; Cost allocation; Cost effectiveness; Crash rates; Crash risk forecasting; Data analysis; Flashing traffic signals; Gates; Grade crossing protection systems; Mathematical analysis; Mathematical models; Measures of effectiveness; Prevention; Railroad grade crossings; Railroads; Reduction (Chemistry); Risk assessment; Safety; States; Traffic safety; Warning devices; Warning systems
- Uncontrolled Terms: Effectiveness; Justification
- Old TRIS Terms: Allocations; Analytical techniques; Grade crossing protection; Reduction
- Subject Areas: Highways; Operations and Traffic Management; Railroads; Safety and Human Factors; Security and Emergencies; I73: Traffic Control; I85: Safety Devices used in Transport Infrastructure;
- Accession Number: 00328851
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
- Report/Paper Numbers: FRA-RRS-80-005 Final Rpt.
- Contract Numbers: DOT-TSC-1533
- Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
- Created Date: Apr 15 1981 12:00AM