Highway-Rail Crossing Safety Improvement by Diverting Motorists to Alternate Routes

The research will develop a system that detects the presence of a train in proximity of a crossing, estimate its length and speed and then calculate the expected crossing occupancy time of the train. This information is then shared with motorists upstream of the crossing via variable message signs. Some drivers may divert to alternate routes to avoid delay at the crossing, thereby resulting in fewer motor vehicles when a train the crossing.The system will be field-tested at an appropriate location in Lincoln, Nebraska. Motorists will be recorded via video for diversion before and after implementation of the system. Based on the field test results guidelines will be developed for improving safety at highway-rail crossings by diverting motor vehicle traffic away from the crossing when trains are on their way toward or occupying a crossing.

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $149994
  • Contract Numbers:

    DTRT13-G-UTC59

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Nebraska Department of Roads

    1500 Highway 2
    Lincoln, Nebraska  United States  68509-4759

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

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

    University of Nebraska, Lincoln

    College of Engineering and Technology
    Lincoln, NE  United States  68503
  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Nebraska, Lincoln

    College of Engineering and Technology
    Lincoln, NE  United States  68503
  • Principal Investigators:

    Khattak, Aemal

  • Start Date: 20160701
  • Expected Completion Date: 20180630
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01616224
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: University Transportation Center for Railway Safety
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC59
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Nov 11 2016 12:13PM