SELECTIVE CROSSING CLOSURES - A NEGLECTED OPTION IN CROSSING SAFETY PROGRAMS

The cost of grade crossing warning devices and changes in urban traffic patterns make the closing of one or more adjacent crossings practical when a crossing is provided with automatic protection. In considering closure, it is necessary to make a thorough study of the public service provided by the facility which should include the general area served by the crossing; the role of the street in the traffic pattern of the area; growth trends in the affected area; availability of alternative routes along with origin-destination studies of traffic now using the crossing; through and switching moves of trains, including total blockage time; cost/benefit analysis of the crossing; and role of the crossing in serving emergency needs such as fire, police and ambulance use.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This paper, presented at a 1976 Traffic Conference, was announced in Vol. 78, No. 660 (Nov.-Dec. 1976) of the AREA Bulletin, pp 245-246.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Oregon Public Utilities Commission

    12345 North Union
    Portland, OR  USA 
  • Authors:
    • Astle, D J
  • Publication Date: 1976

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00152460
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: AREA Bulletin
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Conf Paper
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 27 1977 12:00AM