ARE LRT AT-GRADE CROSSINGS REALLY SAFE? AN ANALYSIS OF VEHICLE/TRAIN ACCIDENTS AT GATED AT-GRADE CROSSINGS

The purpose of this paper is to attempt to develop an analysis procedure designed to determine the rate of vehicle/train accidents at gated, at-grade LRT street crossings under varying train headways and street vehicular traffic volumes. The analysis attempts to use information from cities throughout the U.S. which have operating LRT systems. This data is tabulated to allow a direct comparison of accident experience and conditions for a variety of gated, at-grade crossings. The findings will be of potential value to LRT system planners and operators in that the determination of these accident rates can be used to predict accident experience at proposed at-grade crossings and to establish thresholds for consideration of grade-separations. Additional insight of relative safety can be gained through comparisons of these rates with accident rates of freight and inter-city railroad/highway at-grade crossings.

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  • English

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  • Features: Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 504-507

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00712665
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 1 1995 12:00AM