Guidebook for Pedestrian Crossings for Public Transit Rail Services

Pedestrian safety at rail public transit crossings is critically important. Improved treatments and guidance for safe and effective pedestrian crossings are needed: there is a lack of consistency for rail transit crossing treatments; rail transit services (light rail, commuter rail, and streetcar) are being added in many areas; the number of pedestrians has increased; and the ubiquitous use of cell phones and other electronic devices distracts pedestrians or limits their ability to hear audible warnings. Research is needed that builds on and, as needed, updates the findings and conclusions of relevant manuals, guidance, and reports including but not limited to: Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD); Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Report 17: Integration of Light Rail Transit into City Streets; TCRP Report 69: Light Rail Service: Pedestrian and Vehicular Safety; TCRP Report 137: Improving Pedestrian and Motorist Safety Along Light Rail Alignments; and Guidance on Pedestrian Crossing Safety at or Near Passenger Stations prepared by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) in April 2012. This research should present safe and effective pedestrian crossing treatments and operating practices for rail public transit that can be used with greater consistency across the country. The objective of this research is to develop a guidebook for safe and effective treatments for pedestrian crossings for rail public transit services, including light rail, commuter rail, and streetcar services. The guidebook should, at a minimum: (1) present effective options considering rail vehicle speed and frequency, geometry of the crossing, sight lines for pedestrians and rail vehicle operators, and operating environment; (2) include drawings, illustrations, or photos of treatments and ranges of costs; and (3) provide guidance for planning and implementation.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project A-38

  • 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
  • Performing Organizations:

    Texas A&M Transportation Institute, College Station

    Texas A&M University System
    3135 TAMU
    College Station, TX  United States  77843-3135
  • Principal Investigators:

    Fitzpatrick, Kay

  • Start Date: 20130201
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20141105
  • Source Data: RiP Project 37868

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01545045
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project A-38
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Nov 25 2014 1:01AM