Incident-Friendly and Secure Light Rail Vehicle Design

More and more new light rail systems in the United States are operating for substantial distances on city streets where more contact with pedestrians and rubber-tired motor vehicles is inevitable, giving increase to the likelihood of serious accidents. Despite other system changes designed to make the overall system safer such as better barriers, crossing gates, signals, and signage, changes to the basic light rail vehicle designs have been notably absent, even though this is both desirable and technically possible at a reasonable cost provided these requirements are established at the design stage. In addition, ensuring the safety of passengers and operators in and around the vehicle in today’s higher-security environment also requires consideration and further modifications to the basic vehicle design. With careful design work, great improvements can be made in light rail vehicle design.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 70-83
  • Monograph Title: Joint International Light Rail Conference: A World of Applications and Opportunities, April 9-11, 2006, St. Louis, Missouri
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01044136
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Mar 15 2007 8:31AM