This study which was made to determine the scope of the vehicle-train accident problem in California, to gauge the effectiveness of various types of warning devices, and to critically investigate the possible use of warrants or criteria to assist in recommending where monies should be spent on railroad-highway grade crossing warning improvements, provides information regarding the installation of various warning devices and the cost to the public. The project consisted of 4 studies based on: a questionnaire survey of cities and counties; before and after accident histories of 1,552 grade crossings protected by automatic devices; actual and estimated costs of installation of automatic warning devices; and the feasibility of using warrants or criteria in placing grade crossing warning devices. The findings of these 4 studies are listed. These relate to the financial responsibility for installing, the use of warants or criteria (not widespread), the most important physical characteristics to be considered when contemplating a grade crossing warning; the administration of the program; reduction and prediction of accidents; and hazard index and sufficiency ratings.

  • Corporate Authors:

    American Railway Engineering Association

    59 East Van Buren Street
    Chicago, IL  United States  60605
  • Authors:
    • Michael, H L
  • Publication Date: 1975-11

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 258-261
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 77
    • Issue Number: 655
    • Publisher: American Railway Engineering Association

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00134021
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 23 1976 12:00AM