Synthesis of Information Related to Transit Problems. Topic SD-04. Rail Transit Track Inspection Practices

Rail transit agencies spend a significant portion of their operating and capital budgets on track and track structure, tunnels, aerial structures, and other associated infrastructure.  The inspection of this infrastructure requires unique job skills, staffing, know-how, training, qualifications, as well as specialized equipment and inspection criteria.  Transit agencies have varying degrees of experience dealing with these issues. A synthesis is needed to provide transit executives and transit industry staff with a knowledge base of the information on track inspection practices and policies across the industry.  The synthesis will look at a range of older and newer North American rail transit agencies to obtain a representative mix of track inspection practices in order to document the state of the practice. A literature review and detailed case studies/profiles will be accomplished. The final product will include lessons learned, successes, challenges, and gaps in information.


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  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project J-07, Topic

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Transit Administration

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

    Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Synthesis

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

    Vlasak, Donna

  • Performing Organizations:

    Transportation Research Board

    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Start Date: 20110401
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 29055

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01463265
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project J-07, Topic
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:20PM