Prioritization Method for Proposed Road-Rail Grade Separation Projects along Specific Rail Corridors

While safety continues to be a high priority in the development of road-rail grade separation projects, state and local decision makers need more robust criteria when prioritizing these projects for funding and construction. This situation is particularly acute when considering the impacts along a rail corridor that is experiencing a significant increase in the number of train movements, or where the operating speed or train length has increased. Changes in traffic and level of service can create greater impacts to existing road-rail grade crossings along an affected corridor. For example, increasing use of rail to transport energy products, such as crude oil, has caused train movements to increase dramatically in several regions of the U.S. An exhaustive list of criteria that balance economic and social benefits could facilitate a programmatic response in prioritizing grade crossing separation projects along rail corridors experiencing increasing train movements or changing operating conditions. In addition to increasing train volumes, limited funding availability suggests the need for a more precise way to evaluate merits of proposed grade separation projects. The research objective for this study is to develop a prioritization procedure for comparing and evaluating proposed road-rail grade separation projects along specific rail corridors. Recommended work elements include the following: (1) A benchmark system to evaluate previous work, including preparation of an exhaustive list of criteria for consideration; (2) Framework for criteria scoring; (3) A scheme that will prioritize both urban and rural road-rail separation projects; (4) A baseline score for project funding consideration; (5) High-level review of challenges with data availability; (6) Selecting a representative rail corridor to use as a case study.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $350000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 25-50

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

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

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 225
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

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

    Rogers, William

  • Start Date: 20141114
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 37529

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01543479
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 25-50
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Nov 15 2014 1:01AM