Rail Transit Passenger Protection

This cooperative agreement supports the research objective of Wichita State University to identify the injury mechanisms to light rail vehicle (LRV) passengers, and to propose future areas of research that will lay the foundations necessary to generate transit rail vehicle interior design guidelines that enhance the level of safety to passengers during collisions. Statistically, light rail systems have higher injury rates on a per passenger-mile basis than heavy rail and commuter rail, because light rail transit systems in most cities operate on city streets with at-grade crossings. Occupant safety is dependent on the configuration and severity of the accident, as well as the degree of crashworthiness engineered in the overall vehicle design.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Program Information: National Research Program, National Research, Engineering of Rolling Stock and Equipment - Rail


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  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Weishun, Roy

  • Performing Organizations:

    National Institute of Aviation Research (NIAR)

    Wichita State University
    Wichita, KS  USA  67260-0007
  • Principal Investigators:

    Olivares, Gerardo

  • Start Date: 20090300
  • Actual Completion Date: 20110400
  • Source Data: RiP Project 26194

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01488633
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Federal Transit Administration
  • Contract Numbers: FTA-KS-26-7008
  • Files: RiP
  • Created Date: Aug 1 2013 2:15AM