Tag: Railroad Trains

  • September 11th, 2020

Title 23, United States Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), 23 CFR 646.208 establishes funding for the elimination of hazards at public rail-highway grade crossings. The intent of this program and application is to reduce rail-highway grade crossing fatalities and incidents. The program is a cooperative effort between the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Alabama Department […]

  • July 9th, 2020

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 […]

  • June 16th, 2020

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in coordination with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), is launching the 2020 national rail grade crossing safety campaign to increase public awareness about the dangers around railroad tracks in hopes to reduce fatalities at rail grade crossings. Motor vehicle crashes at rail […]

  • November 11th, 2019

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center (Volpe Center), under the direction of the DOT Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Office of Research, Development and Technology (RD&T), conducted a study to evaluate the effectiveness of engineering treatments to deter vehicles from turning onto a rail right-of-way (ROW) at highway-rail grade […]

  • March 1st, 2019

This report presents two ways to analyze accidents at highway rail grade crossings: a microscopic approach that looks at individual accidents at a crossing or a group of crossings, and a macroscopic approach to identify correlations between accident counts at crossings and crossing characteristics. The outcome of the microscopic approach is a data-driven dynamic tree […]

  • February 20th, 2019

NHTSA, in coordination with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), is launching the 2019 national rail grade crossing safety campaign to increase public awareness about the dangers around railroad tracks in hopes to reduce fatalities at rail grade crossings. Motor vehicle crashes at rail grade crossings are avoidable. This campaign is the latest in a 3-year, […]

  • December 12th, 2018

Crashes at highway-rail grade crossings are one of the leading causes of railroad-related deaths. According to FRA data, in 2017, there were more than 2,100 crashes resulting in 273 fatalities. Since 2009 crashes have occurred at a fairly constant rate. The federal government provides states funding to improve grade-crossing safety through FHWA’s Section 130 Program. […]

  • March 28th, 2017

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) launched the Stop! Trains Can’t campaign aimed at young male motorists to make the right choice at railroad crossings. The campaign is the latest in a two-year effort by DOT to reduce accidents, and ultimately fatalities, at railroad crossings around the country. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) […]