Manual to Improve Rail Transit Safety at Platform/Train and Platform/Guideway Interfaces

Travel by public transit is one of the safest modes of transportation, yet incidents have resulted in injuries and sometimes fatalities at public transportation platform/train and platform/guideway interfaces. While there are regulations and a variety of measures used by transit agencies to promote safety at these interfaces, research is needed to comprehensively assess the nature of the incidents, the magnitude and types of incidents, and contributing factors. Transit agencies need information and guidance to assess their needs and requirements and to consider the strategies that can improve safety. The objective of this research is to develop a manual for practitioners to improve safety at rail public transportation platform/train and platform/guideway interfaces. The research should assist transit agencies to prevent and minimize the consequence of incidents and improve safety. This research should focus on rail transit systems where car floors are level (or near level) with the platform.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $275000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project A-40

  • 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:

    Schwager, Dianne

  • Performing Organizations:

    Oregon State University, Corvallis

    OR, 97331   
  • Principal Investigators:

    Hunter-Zaworski, Katharine

  • Start Date: 20131220
  • Expected Completion Date: 20150620
  • Actual Completion Date: 20150620
  • Source Data: RiP Project 38136

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01545032
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project A-40
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Nov 25 2014 1:00AM