Scope and Trend of U.S. Rail Trespassing and Suicide Fatalities

For the past 50 years, freight and passenger rail in the United States has been very safe for employees and passengers, and deaths of motorists at highway–rail crossings have decreased considerably since the mid-1970s. This same reduction in fatalities has not been realized for rail trespassing and suicide, however; these rates have remained constant. The author frames the challenge of trespassing on America’s railroads, examining similarities and differences between accidental trespassing and suicide, research gaps, and why policy makers must devote more attention to this urgent problem.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Photos; References;
  • Pagination: pp 8-15
  • Serial:
    • TR News
    • Issue Number: 322
    • Publisher: Transportation Research Board
    • ISSN: 0738-6826
  • Publication flags:

    Open Access (libre)

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01713978
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 14 2019 9:23AM