The Impact of the Louisiana Grade Crossings: A Synthesis and System Analysis

The primary objective of this study is to investigate the effectiveness of existing incentive programs for closures of public and private grade crossings in the state of Louisiana. The research will review and summarize the current knowledge and practice as well as outline the funding sources (such as FHWA and FRA) and programs for improving grade crossing safety. A state-wide survey and interview of stakeholders will be conducted to better understand the concerns, barriers, and solutions particularly in Louisiana. Incentive programs that are already being used will be identified as well as potential new programs that offer promise in reducing the number of crossings in Louisiana. A model will then be developed that can predict the priority rating of individual crossings for closure or other decision making.