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LED-Enhanced Sign Research to Reduce Vehicle Queuing at Highway-Rail Grade Crossings

Document Series
Technical Reports
Federal Railroad Administration
Report Number
Subject Highway-Rail Grade Crossings
Highway-rail, grade crossing, driver behavior, safety, signage, LED-enhanced signs, violations, traffic queue detection

Researchers studied the effectiveness of an integrated laser-triggered queue detection system/light-emitting-diode (LED)-enhanced “DO NOT STOP ON TRACKS” sign as compared to a baseline version with no lights. Testing was conducted at the Jay Street grade crossing on the Metro-North Railroad in the Village of Katonah, NY. The results of a before-and-after study showed that the number of vehicles stopped in the zonal area of the grade crossing decreased by 26.6 percent from the baseline to the post-installation configurations. A controlled testing program is recommended before a recommendation for wider use can be made.

Last updated: Wednesday, February 24, 2021