CUTR Webinar: Pedestrian/Bicyclist Warning Devices and Signs at Highway-Rail and Pathway-Rail Grade Crossings

On June 12, 2014, UTC faculty researchers Dr. P.S. Sriraj and Dr. Paul Metaxatos led a webinar to discuss a completed research report: “Pedestrian/Bicyclist Warning Devices and Signs at Highway-Rail and Pathway-Rail Grade CUTR logo indexCrossings.” The webinar was hosted by the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at the University of South Florida.

Overview: Federal reporting shows a relatively constant number of pedestrian and bicycle fatalities at highway-rail and pathway-rail grade crossings over the past ten years. This is in contrast to a marked decrease in train–vehicle collisions at highway-rail crossings. There is limited research on the subject of how to reduce the number of collisions between trains and pedestrians and bicyclists at highway-rail and pathway-rail grade crossings.

Objective: The objective of the study was to (a) highlight thematic areas, specific issues and context sensitive countermeasures related to pedestrian safety at rail grade crossings, and (b) discuss issues related to attitudes and behavior of pedestrians at rail grade crossings.  The discussion has implications for the design and placement of signs and warning systems at pedestrian-rail grade crossings are also documented and advance our understanding about the effectiveness of such safety measures.

Scope: The study highlights the multitude of factors related to pedestrian safety and provides an informed discussion for stakeholders to advance safety initiatives.  The focus of this discussion is on individuals who utilize legally authorized highway-rail crossings with pedestrian access, or legally authorized pathway-rail crossings.  Such highway-rail and pathway-rail crossings can be identified as they will have a U.S. DOT inventory number assigned to the location (e.g. 372133T).  Individuals crossing railroad tracks at locations other than legally designated locations are trespassing upon private property.  While trespassing is a major public safety issue, it is not the focus of this research.

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Dr. P. S. Sriraj and Dr. Paul Metaxatos


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