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TCRP A-40 [Completed]

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

  Project Data
Funds: $275,000
Research Agency: Oregon State University
Principal Investigator: Kate Hunter-Zaworski, P.E., Ph.D.
Effective Date: 12/20/2013
Completion Date: 6/20/2015

BACKGROUND
 
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.
 
OBJECTIVE
 
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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