Identification of Railroad Requirements for the Future Automated and Connected Vehicle (AV/CV) Environment

The Federal Rail Administration (FRA) Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Inventory database from 2019 states that there are approximately 127,000 public, at-grade highway-rail grade crossings in the U.S. Despite this large number of direct intersections between the public highway and largely private rail systems, little current intelligent transport systems automated/connected vehicle (AV/CV) research is focused on how to incorporate the railroad system and its operations effectively into future roadway AV/CV system planning. This initial scanning project examined how transportation agencies, engineering firms, researchers, and other highway system stakeholders designing future AV/CV systems could best consider freight and passenger railroad operational and infrastructure needs in the development of future AV/CV system architecture. The project explored the following: (1) Information/data requirements for roadway vehicles to operate effectively near rail crossings. (2) Impediments to collecting and exchanging rail operations data between public roadway agencies, public commuter/transit rail systems, and the largely private freight rail operators. (3) Potential AV/CV implementation approaches near rail system assets that could benefit both systems. (4) Critical, necessary additional research efforts in both the short- and long-term to address future joint railroad/highway AV/CV architecture challenges.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: 21p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01745510
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 02-019
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747115/Project 02-019
  • Created Date: Jul 2 2020 4:10PM