Development of a Prototype Retrofit Bumper for Improved Light Rail Vehicle (LRV) Safety

The majority of fatalities that occur from light rail vehicle (LRV) operations are pedestrians and occupants of automobiles that are struck by the LRVs. This has been an area of more recent concern within the transit safety community. Recently, a study was performed to develop a prototype bumper system design with an improved profile and segmented energy-absorbing corner bumpers. The focus of this new Transit IDEA project is to adapt the energy absorbing bumper concept to a specific LRV design and develop a prototype retrofit bumper design that can be used in trial service and testing. The study will be performed by a team with Applied research Associates (ARA) providing the crashworthiness expertise in collaboration with Siemens providing the vehicle design expertise and Sacramento Regional Transit (RT) District which is interested in implementing this concept into their LRV fleet for enhanced safety. The project will be performed in the following two contingent stages. Task 1. Develop a rough adaptation of the bumper onto the Sacramento RT CAF LRVs. Task 2. Bumper Crashworthiness Analyses.


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  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project J-04, IDEA 7

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Transit Administration

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

    Transit Cooperative Research Program

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

    Gause, Jo

  • Performing Organizations:

    Applied Research Associates, Incorporated

    Mountain View, CA  United States  94043
  • Principal Investigators:

    Kirkpatrick, Steven

  • Start Date: 20141113
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 37590

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01543407
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project J-04, IDEA 7
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Nov 14 2014 1:01AM