Synthesis of Information Related to Highway Problems. Topic 47-13. State of the Practice for Traffic Signal Preemption at Intersections Near Highway-Railway Grade Crossings

Traffic signal operations near highway-rail grade crossings vary widely and are important to transportation agencies and railroad companies in light of safety and mobility issues. In addition to traffic volume and train blockage duration that are already taken into account in existing methodologies, other factors need to be considered. Also, practice has been evolving as a result of recent changes in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) and Federal Regulations. A synthesis study will document the state of practice of traffic signal preemption deployed at intersections adjacent to railway grade crossing in the U.S. It will provide information on the practices in implementing traffic signal preemption, practices for mitigating the impacts of power and equipment failure, and practices from the viewpoint of an agency that is responsible for funding and operating the preemption systems. The resulting study will be useful for transportation agencies to assist in design of a railway preemption system for a particular situation, and to assist in their ability to maintain the system. The information included can help practitioners in seeking better solutions for traffic signal operations near railway grade crossing. This synthesis will include a literature review and a survey of state departments of transportation (DOTs) and Canadian ministries of transportation. International agencies' experience will be reviewed as available. From the results of the survey, a minimum of 3 agencies will be selected and case examples of their practices will be shared. Lessons learned and gaps in information will also be covered.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $45000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-05, Topic

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 225
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Vlasak, Donna

  • Start Date: 20150701
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 39650

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01562855
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-05, Topic
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: May 13 2015 1:00AM