The seventh annual report, issued by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Office of Safety, combines rail-highway crossing accident/incident statistics with the National Rail-Highway Crossing Inventory. Accident/Incident data comprising accident/incident reports filed by all railroads were gathered from the FRA's Railroad Accident/Incident Reporting System (RAIRS). The National Rail-Highway Crossing Inventory contains sight-survey data about all U.S. rail-highway crossings. The Federal Railroad Safety Act of 1970 (P. L. 91-458) and the Accident Reports Act (45 U.S.C. 38-34) require railroads to file accident/incident reports with the FRA. The National Rail-Highway Crossing Inventory was developed in response to the Federal Railroad Safety ACt of 1970 and the Federal Highway Safety Acts of 1970 and 1973, requiring the Secretary of Transportation to work towards improving safety at rail-highway crossings. Because of major revisions in reporting requirements, it is not possible to compare data collected after January 1, 1975, with information from prior years. These changes have resulted in an increase in the number of reported rail-highway accidents/incidents; casualty reports have also been increased but to a lesser extent. Appendix A discusses current reporting requirements. Section 1 presents historical data on rail-highway crossing accidents/incidents for 1979 through 1984. Section 2 contains 1984 accident/incident file and the railroad casualty file. Section 3 combines information from the rail-highway crossing accident/incident file with data in the National Rail-Highway Crossing Inventory and highlights relationships between certain grade-crossing characteristics and accident frequencies. Not all data are reflected in the total of tables 40 and 42, as a consequence of either missing or invalid statistics from the original inventory. These inconsistencies are currently being resolved. Section 4 gives the physical and operational statistics for all public, at-grade rail-highway crossings, described the National Inventory May 23, 1985. National Inventory May 23, 1985.

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    Federal Railroad Administration

    Office of Safety, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Publication Date: 1985-6

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  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: v.p.

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  • Accession Number: 00399517
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 28 2003 12:00AM