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Railroad-highway grade crossing handbook.

Author: United States. Federal Highway Administration.; Tustin Enterprises.
Publisher: [McLean, Va.] : U.S. Dept. of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration ; [Springfield, Va.] : [National Technical Information Service], [1986]
Series: Report (United States. Federal Highway Administration), no. FHWA-TS-86-215.
Edition/Format:   Print book : National government publication : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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Rail-Highway grade crossing safety and operational problems involve two components--the highway and the railroad. The highway component involves drivers, pedestrians, vehicles and roadway segments in the vicinity of the crossing. The railroad component involves the trains and the tracks at the crossing. The element of risk present at a given location is a function of the characteristics of the two components and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Handbooks and manuals
Handbooks, manuals, etc
Material Type: Government publication, National government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: United States. Federal Highway Administration.; Tustin Enterprises.
OCLC Number: 14942801
Notes: Cover title.
"Tustin Enterprises"--Technical report documentation page.
Distributed to depository libraries in microfiche.
"September 1986."
"HRD-10/9-86(3450)QE"--Page 4 of cover.
Description: xii, 261 pages : illustrations, forms ; 28 cm.
Contents: Overview --
Components of a railroad-highway grade crossing --
Assessment of crossing safety and operation --
Identification of alternatives --
Selection of alternatives --
Implementation of projects --
Maintenance program --
Evaluation of projects and programs --
Special issues --
Supporting programs --
Appendices.
Series Title: Report (United States. Federal Highway Administration), no. FHWA-TS-86-215.

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Rail-Highway grade crossing safety and operational problems involve two components--the highway and the railroad. The highway component involves drivers, pedestrians, vehicles and roadway segments in the vicinity of the crossing. The railroad component involves the trains and the tracks at the crossing. The element of risk present at a given location is a function of the characteristics of the two components and their corresponding elements. Several formulas are described which seek to quantify the degree of risk, identify the locations most urgently in need of improvement, and prioritize the hazardous locations which have been isolated. Various types of at-grade crossing improvements described include active warning devices, passive warning devices, sight distance improvements, operational improvements, and crossing surface improvements. Grade separations, or crossing closures are suggested as improvement solutions where either extremely high or low demand for the crossing exists. The ultimate choice for a crossing improvement is determined by balancing the benefits in accident reduction and reduced user costs against costs for the improvement. Procedures, models and computer programs which will assist making these selections are described.

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