Rail System Standards and Best Practices

American Public Transportation Association members have approved a set of bylaws and committee structure governing the Rail Standards and Best Practices project. Five specific areas will be the focus of this multi-year, multi-phase project: rail vehicle inspection and maintenance, fixed structure inspection and maintenance, operating practices, grade crossings, and rail vehicle crashworthiness. The funding provided by this cooperative agreement will be directed toward Task Force 4, Grade Crossing. Each of the 5 task forces will develop one or more standards and/or best practices focusing on system safety. These standards and best practices will be formally adopted and implemented by the rail transit industry.