Potential Issues and Challenges in Implementing the Railroad Safety Improvement Act of 2008 Based on a National Survey

Rongfang Liu, Zhaodong Huang, Wei Hao

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Abstract

Highway-rail crossing safety is a critical issue, highlighted by the recently enacted Rail Safety Improvement Act (by the U.S. Congress. This article documents a national survey of peer state agencies as part of the effort to better understand the current issues of highway-rail grade crossing inspection and best practices in vegetation blockage clearance in the visibility triangle. The authors conducted an extensive literature review, in-depth dialogs with a few selected agencies, and focused on case studies to obtain realistic assessments of current practices in highway-rail grade crossing inspections. Potential issues and concerns in the implementation of the Rail Safety Improvement Act are highlighted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)252-271
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Transportation Safety and Security
Volume3
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Transportation
  • Safety Research

Keywords

  • highway-rail grade crossing safety
  • rail safety improvement act
  • safety triangle
  • sight distance
  • vegetation clearance

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