Commuter Rail Safety Study

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Office of Safety and Security, working with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Office of Safety conducted an in-depth analysis of safety data reported to FRA by commuter railroads receiving FTA funds. Data were obtained from the FRA Office of Safety, based on reports received from the 19 FTA funded operating commuter railroads. This study focuses on the safety issues experienced by operating commuter railroads - identifying the most frequent, highest risk causes of commuter rail accidents. This analysis targets areas for improvement to be monitored by FRA and FTA in the coming years. The study identifies issues for consideration in the review of safety plans and programs established by commuter rail grantees for FTA-funded projects, extensions and vehicle procurements. The study states that earlier recognition of design and operating issues can promote enhancements during project engineering and construction phases that could potentially save lives, reduce injuries and property damage, and reduce system interruptions and delays due to accidents and incidents. This study's results will be of interest to commuter railroads, government, industry associations, and other interested parties.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 36p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01049319
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: NTL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: May 7 2007 1:35PM