A REVIEW OF THEORY RESEARCH AND PRACTICE LEADING TO RECOMMENDATIONS FOR GREATER USE OF RETROREFLECTORIZATION AT HIGHWAY-RAIL CROSSINGS AT GRADE

About 67 percent of grade crossings (112,000+ or -) are on low-volume roads where upgrading to active warning devices is not cost-effective. They account for about 50 percent of the 600 annual deaths at grade crossings in the U.S. A high percentage of these occur at night. Although relatively few compared to all other types of highway fatal accidents in the U.S., they are usually catastrophic and the public has little or no tolerance for any grade crossing accident. There is a need for more effective, low-cost improvement programs and/or devices at passive grade crossings. The goal should be to develop a low-cost, train-activated device that would be used at all passive grade crossings to warn drivers. This paper addresses improvements in unlit, rural areas at night.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 239-254
  • Serial:
    • VTI Conferens
    • Publisher: Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI)
    • ISSN: 0347-6049

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00723358
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: No. 4A, Part 5
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 30 1996 12:00AM