RAIL-HIGHWAY CROSSING WARNING DEVICE LIFE CYCLE COST ANALYSIS

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. This report was undertaken in support of a U.S. DOT effort to improve the efficient allocation and use of these Federal funds. The report describes the results of a study designed to collect, analyze, and document life cycle costs of active rail-highway crossing warning devices. Life cycle costs were determined from information on installation costs contained in the final billings of rail-highway crossing improvement projects and from data on maintenance costs provided by various states, railroads, and railway associations. Life cycle costs were analyzed by cost components for each of the five Federal Railroad Administration regions. Cost components included pre-engineering, labor, material, and equipment rental costs as well as maintenance costs. Cost variability due to several factors such as number of tracks, crossing location, type of train detection system, and combinations of these variables was analyzed.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Sponsored in part by Federal Highway Administration, Washington, DC. Office of Research.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Input Output Computer Services, Incorporated

    400 Totten Pond Road
    Waltham, MA  USA  02154

    Transportation Systems Center

    55 Broadway, Kendall Square
    Cambridge, MA  USA  02142

    Federal Railroad Administration

    Office of Safety, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590

    Federal Highway Administration

    Office of Research, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590
  • Authors:
    • Heisler, J
    • Morrissey, J
  • Publication Date: 1980-9

Media Info

  • Pagination: 84 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00328852
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FRA-RRS-80-003 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-TSC-1533
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Apr 15 1981 12:00AM