Railroad Grade Crossing Micro-Level Safety and Risk Analysis

UIUC Project Information

NuRail Project IDNURail2012-UIUC-R02
Project TitleRailroad Grade Crossing Micro-Level Safety and Risk Analysis
UniversityUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Project ManagerBarkan
Principal InvestigatorBenekohal
PI Contact InformationPhone: (217) 244-6288 Email: rbenekoh@illinois.edu
Funding Source(s) and Amounts Provided (by each agency or organization)$65,000 IDOT; $65,000 USDOT RITA
Total Project Cost$130,000
Agency ID or Contract NumberDTRT12-G-UTC18 (Grant 1)
Start Date2012-08-15
End Date2013-08-15
Brief Description of Research ProjectRailroad grade crossings are potential conflict points and pose a risk for all travelers. The degree of the risk depends on many factors such as volume train, volume of vehicles, speed of trains and vehicles, geometry of the crossing, etc. To assess the safety and risk of RR crossings, one may utilize aggregated data for the entire state or the country. Even though analysis of the aggregated data may be useful in establishing correlation among important variables, it might not be very useful for assessing the safety and risk for a given RR crossing. It is proposed to conduct a micro-level analysis to determine the risk of crashes at a given location (or a set of similar locations). The crash risk at a given crossing may depend on past crash history at that location, as well as the relation amount different elements that affect traffic safety at RR crossings. At the micro-level analysis one considers the uniqueness of each crossing and develops a risk factor for such crossings. Then, the safety and risk at system level is determined based on these individual safety and risk assessments.
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Final ReportNURail2012-UIUC-R02_Final_Report_Benkohal.pdf