An Analysis of the Opportunities for Wireless Technologies in Passenger and Freight Rail Operations

It has been a decade since the railroads collectively performed a study of the opportunity for the use of wireless technologies. As effective as that study was at that point in providing structure in defining the critical role of wireless communications (both voice and data) for railroad operations, the environment has changed substantially to the point of minimizing the applicability of the study to the railroad industry of today. In consideration of the changes over the last decade, this study was structured and proposed to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) with the following objective: Provide a strategic perspective of the use of wireless technologies in high-speed passenger and freight operations, which is beyond the current use of wireless across the industry. This report presents the study’s findings to advance functionality, a structuring of operability, the means of deployment, and an introduction of a new skill set to advance railroad operations via wireless.

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    Federal Railroad Administration

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    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Lindsey, Ronald A
  • Publication Date: 2007-12


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 50p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01155067
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT/FRA/ORD-08/02
  • Files: NTL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Apr 8 2010 12:49PM