While the highway-rail grade crossing collision rate has fallen steadily since 1980, opportunities remain to further improve grade crossing safety through a mix of engineering, education and enforcement of applicable traffic laws. Electronic surveillance through rail crossing cameras has been increasingly employed to monitor grade crossings. Information gained from analysis of the surveillance data can then enhance engineering, education and enforcement efforts.
The objective of this study is to document current practices and lessons learned from rail service providers regarding the successes and failures of rail crossing camera programs. The synthesis will also touch on potential future advancements in rail crossing surveillance.
Information to be Gathered (Not an exhaustive list):
• Data collection and analysis methodologies
• System components and configuration
• Capital and operating Costs
• Challenges and constraints (legal, institutional, technological)
• Measures of effectiveness
How the Information Will be Gathered:
• a literature review (e.g. agency reports, peer reviewed journal articles, web articles, agency websites) that will include description of the technologies available);
• a survey on a broad range of North American transit agencies (diverse in terms of geography, socioeconomics, size, and all types of vehicles in transit revenue service) that utilize rail crossing cameras; and,
• Up to five case examples that will gather information on the practices, challenges
• Gaps in knowledge and research needs will also be identified.
• International examples should be included.
First Panel: October 3, 2022
Teleconference with Consultant: December 2022
Second Panel: July 2023
Melvin Clark, Hatch LTK
Tamekia Graham, National Railroad Passenger Corportation (Amtrak)
Amin Keramati, Widener University
Richard Scott, BNSF Railway
Justin Vonashek, MTA Metro North Railroad
Jeffery Warner, Texas A&M Transportation Institute
David Wilcock, VHB
Kurt Wilkinson, ADS Systems Safety LLC