Analysis of the Railroad-Highway Grade Crossing Rules
This study examined crash data to estimate the costs and benefits that would be associated with modifying 49 CFR 392.10 to allow drivers of buses and hazardous materials vehicles (HMVs) to obey active traffic control devices and supporting highway signage at actively controlled railroad highway-grade (RRHG) crossings, rather than stopping in every instance.
Potential benefits of t 49 CFR 392.10 include decreased fatalities, injuries, and property damage resulting from rear-end crashes involving HMVs and buses at RRHG crossings. Potential costs include increased train-bus or train-HMV crashes attributable to ramalfunctioning active traffic control devices. Predicted benefits significantly exceed predicted costs, indicating the proposed amendment would be a net safety improvement.
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