Reduce Railroad Crossing Collisions
Guidance for Selection of Traffic Control Devices At Highway-Rail Grade Crossings
Appropriate Use of Traffic Control Devices Can Save Lives, Reduce Incidents
In 2002, incidents at public highway-rail crossings in the United States caused 311 deaths and 859 injuries. As traffic congestion increases, advanced traffic control technologies for highway-rail crossings can help reduce back-ups and make highway travel safer.
Guidance for Engineers on Device Selection
"Guidance on Traffic Control Devices at Highway-Rail Grade Crossings," a report by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) with input from the Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Technical Working Group (TWG), helps engineers assess driver needs, specify appropriate passive and active traffic control devices and systems, and evaluate potential roadway design improvements. Some key points:
Pre-signal Location at Automatic Gate Crossing
Pre-signals are designed to prevent a line of vehicles forming at the highway-highway intersection that would back up on to the railroad tracks.
Incidents at highway-rail intersections have declined significantly - from 4,465 in 1992, to 2,694 in 2002. But the death and injury toll is still too high.
A Landmark Effort To Create a 21st Century Toolbox For Highway-Rail Safety
Guidance of Traffic Control Devices at Highway-Rail Grade Crossings was written by the Department of Transportation’s (DOT’s) Highway-Rail Crossing Technical Working Group (TWG). The TWG is led by representatives of the following DOT agencies:
The TWG is a landmark effort to enhance coordination among highway agencies, railroad companies and authorities, and government agencies involved with the development and implementation of polices, rules and regulations governing rail and highway travel.
Information in guidebook is intended to assist engineers in selecting among the many options for improving traffic safety at highway-rail intersections. Federal requirements for selection of traffic control devices are governed by the MUTCD. The guidebook is a guidance document only and is intended as a helpful supplement to the MUTCD.
For more information contact:
Debra (Dee) Chappell
U.S. Department of Transportation