Identification of Fatigue Countermeasures for Adjusted Work Schedules Designed to Manage Fatigue During Peak Service Demand Periods in the Shortline Railroad Industry, Year 2

Evaluating the effects of fatigue countermeasures inserted in the work schedules will provide evidence as to the effectiveness of these countermeasures and also hopefully lead to a safer and more productive and therefore more economically competitive transportation system. Accordingly, by gathering data on hours worked, hours of sleep, alertness and fatigue prior to, during, and after implementation of fatigue countermeasures for a period of at least ninety days we will be able to evaluate the effectiveness of the countermeasures. Data collection will consist of three 30 day periods using sleep diaries and other self-report techniques, as well as observations and data gathered through sleep monitoring techniques. In addition, the fatigue models approved by the FRA will be utilized to evaluate the effectiveness of the interventions (Hursh, Raslear, Kaye, & Fanzone, 2009). Thus, the proposed study will, based on previous research, identify various fatigue countermeasures that will be tested in the operational environment. Ultimately, the schedules and the appropriate countermeasures will be posted on the web sites and distribute to the Short Line Railroad Association.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $188312
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    University Transportation Centers Program
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Mountain-Plains Consortium

    North Dakota State University
    P.O. Box 6050, Department 2880
    Fargo, ND  United States  58108-6050
  • Project Managers:

    Kline, Robin

  • Performing Organizations:

    Transportation Institute

    University of Denver
    Denver, CO  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Sherry, Patrick

  • Start Date: 20150612
  • Expected Completion Date: 20180731
  • Actual Completion Date: 20190606
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program
  • Source Data: MPC-409

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01580141
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Mountain-Plains Consortium
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC38
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Oct 29 2015 2:17PM