HUMAN FACTORS ANALYSIS OF HIGHWAY-RAILWAY GRADE CROSSING ACCIDENTS IN CANADA

The purpose of the project was to identify human factors that contribute to the highway/railway grade crossing accidents and to recommend countermeasures based on common patterns of probable cause. The document first reviews Canadian standards and current sign and signal systems used at crossings. Based on an extensive literature review, a taxonomy of highway/railway intersection accident contributors is created to generate hypotheses and deductions about specific cases and common patterns of accident contributors, with emphasis on multiple contributors. Countermeasure technologies, both contemporary and advanced, are then described and assessed in terms of effectiveness and cost. Both quantitative and qualitative analyses of grade crossing accidents are presented to characterize causative factors and to elucidate driver behavior at crossings. A series of conclusions and recommendations highlights project contributions and knowledge gaps.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • French ed.: 103-04772/2. On cover: Higway-Railway Grade Crossing Research.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Transport Canada

    Transportation Development Centre, 800 Rene-Levesque Boulevard West, Suite 600
    Montreal, Quebec  Canada  H3B 2X1
  • Authors:
    • Caird, J K
  • Publication Date: 2002

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 144 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00963016
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 16 2003 12:00AM