FRA Research Grants Support Rail Safety

This news item informs of two Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) grants provided to Metrolink and the Railroad Research Foundation to study railroad safety technology. Metrolink will evaluate the possibility of reducing or eliminating the chance of cars crossing into the path of trains at 49 crossings on its 26-mile-long Antelope Line between Los Angeles and Symar, and its 32-mile-long Ventura County Line between Los Angeles and Chatsworth. This study will consider current and projected traffic conditions, recommend safety enhancements, create a grade crossing improvement priority list, identify potential closures, and prove cost estimates to accomplish the plan's objectives. The Railroad Research Foundation will utilize FRA grants to complete field testing of a Positive Train Control system, whose technology improves safety by automatically keeping trains within track speed limits, identifying trains and other obstructions on the track, and stopping a train if an engineer does not take corrective actions when warned about safety hazards.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: p 16
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  • Accession Number: 01011001
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 20 2005 9:31PM