Operation of Light Rail Transit through Ungated Crossings at Speeds over 35 MPH

Current practice as defined in the <em>Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices</em> (MUTCD) Part X requires use of crossing gates for operation of light rail transit (LRT) trains through intersections at speeds of greater than 35 mph. Where LRT operates on-street or immediately adjacent to a street, there are segments where the parallel roadway traffic operates through the same intersections at significantly higher speeds. This puts public transport at a disadvantage in attracting ridership and in providing efficient utilization of investments. This project will address the next steps identified as a result of the successful conclusion of TCRP Project J-6/Task 65. The objective of this research is to identify the safety and operational factors involved in traffic control using crossing gates versus traffic signals, possibly in conjunction with supplemental safety measures, and to define traffic control treatments that would potentially allow for faster than 35-mph operation without use of crossing gates. Finally, with the active participation of a sponsoring agency, the ultimate objective is to test higher-speed operation using identified traffic control provisions and to recommend potential revisions to MUTCD Part X.</font></div>


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  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project A-32

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590

    Transit Cooperative Research Program

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

    Goldstein, Lawrence

  • Performing Organizations:

    Science Applications International Corporation

    1710 SAIC Drive
    McLean, VA  USA  22102
  • Start Date: 20081126
  • Actual Completion Date: 20111126
  • Source Data: RiP Project 16664

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01462671
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project A-32
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:08PM