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Railroad Right-of-Way Vehicle Incursion Prevention Research

Document Series
Research Results
Federal Railroad Administration
Report Number
RR 18-13
Subject Grade Crossing and Trespass Outreach/Education, Right-of-Way
grade crossing, right-of-way incursion, rail, vehicle incursion, railroad safety

The Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) Office of Research, Development and Technology (RD&T) sponsored research conducted by the John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center (Volpe Center), to evaluate the effectiveness of engineering treatments to deter vehicles from turning onto the rail right-of-way (ROW) at highway-rail grade crossings. The goal of the treatments is to reduce the number of vehicles that mistakenly enter the ROW, thus reducing the possibility of an incident with a train. The Volpe Center partnered with SunRail (the commuter rail system in the Orlando area) and the City of Orlando, FL, to develop vehicle ROW incursion prevention engineering treatments, identify suitable grade crossings for implementation, collect before and after data, and evaluate the results.

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Last updated: Monday, August 27, 2018