400 South Corridor Assessment

Light Rail Transit (LRT) is the fastest growing rail transportation mode in urban environments in the United States (US). LRT usually operates in a semi-exclusive right-of-way (ROW) at street grade with different separations and protections from other traffic, but can sometimes operate in exclusive, fully grade-separated, or non-exclusive, mixed traffic ROW. Operating LRT in semi-exclusive or non-exclusive ROW can cause some safety problems, mainly caused by turning vehicles, pedestrians at LRT/pedestrian malls, and/or complex intersection geometry. Major characteristics of transportation technology, specifically designed for rapid transit modes which should be followed during design/implementation, include special guideways and crossings, upgraded widely spread stations, upgraded vehicles, off-board fare collection, high capacity, Transit Signal Priority (TSP) of preemption, and speed competitive to private cars. In order to make LRT faster, more reliable and competitive, as well as to resolve some safety problems, it is necessary to provide certain priority or preemption to Light Rail Vehicles (LRVs).


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $200000
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

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

    Kline, Robin

  • Performing Organizations:

    Mountain-Plains Consortium

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

    Zlatkovic, Milan

    Zhou, Xuesong

  • Start Date: 20130101
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20170323
  • Source Data: MPC-418

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01489499
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Mountain-Plains Consortium
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT12-G-UTC08
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Aug 9 2013 1:02AM