TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION IN GRADE CROSSING PROTECTIVE SYSTEMS

The constraints on innovative grade crossing protective systems are delineated and guidelines for development indicated. Inventory data has been arranged to permit an estimate of the classes of systems needed, the allowable costs, and contribution of various types of crossings to accidents. A number of approaches are discussed for the intermediate cost classes, based on use of conventional signals with low-cost activation systems. Use of similar elements, singly or in combination, is suggested to improve effectiveness of more expensive systems. The very high cost locations may well benefit from interconnection of train and vehicle detectors and small computers. Extensive analysis and laboratory investigation has been carried out relating to a microwave telemetry alternative to conventional track circuits and possible crossing-located radar and impedance train detection systems. (Author)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Transportation Systems Center

    55 Broadway, Kendall Square
    Cambridge, MA  USA  02142
  • Authors:
    • Hopkins, J B
    • Hazel, M E
  • Publication Date: 1971-6

Media Info

  • Pagination: 89 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00039248
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT-TSC-FRA-71-3 Tech Rpt
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 24 1976 12:00AM