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Keywords: Safety, Safety Advisories, Infrastructure
Abstract: On December 4, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) (Pub. L. 114-94). The FAST Act in section 11406(e), “Speed Limit...
Reports to Congress
2014 FRA Report to Congress on Actions Taken to Implement Unmet Statutory Mandates and Address Open Recommendations by the NTSB and DOT's Inspector General Regarding Railroad Safety
Keywords: Alcohol and Controlled Substance Testing for Maintenance-of-Way Employees, Development and Use of Rail Safety Technology, Safe Rail Transport of Certain Radioactive Materials
Abstract: The RSIA introduced numerous mandates regarding railroad safety. Some of these mandates require action to be taken after the completion of this report, and FRA has not included in...
Keywords: Fatigue, work schedule, sleep pattern, sleep disorder, alertness, shiftwork, hours of service, split assignment, extra board
Abstract: This report draws on the results of several prior studies, all conducted with similar methodology, to characterize the prevalence of employee fatigue in the U.S. railroad industry...
Highway Rail-Grade Crossing Safety Research: Railroad Infrastructure Trespassing Detection Systems Research
Keywords: Right of way, Trespass detection, deterrent system, Railroad bridge, Security system, Motion detectors, Infrared illuminators, central processing units
Abstract: Researchers evaluated a prototype video-based trespassing prevention system that used an attendant to warn trespassers in real time and to contact police if necessary.
Researchers evaluated a prototype video-based trespassing prevention system that used an attendant to warn trespassers in real time and to contact police if necessary.
Keywords: Crashworthiness, Anticlimbing, Collisions, Passenger rail vehicles, Freight locomotives
Abstract: This study addressed the feasibility of incorporating complete anticlimbing systems into both passenger and freight locomotives. Complete systems include pushback couplers,...