Research Papers

Vulnerable Road User Safety at Railway Crossings

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Date added June 7, 2009
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Category 2009–CMRSC-XIX–Saskatoon
Tags Session 3B
Author/Auteur Jeff Suggett, Ali Hadayeghi


Rail related deaths involving vulnerable road users have been identified as a concern by Transport Canada. Some collisions occur when persons are trespassing on rail property. However, many occur at grade crossings. To address this and other safety problems at grade crossings, Transport Canada Rail Safety has been actively seeking to increase the safety and cost effectiveness of heavy rail grade crossing systems through technological, operational and human factors research. To that end, AECOM Canada Inc., together with Jock Valley Engineering and Western Ergonomics, was given the task of examining the issue of vulnerable road user safety at railway crossings.
The presentation will provide an overview of the current extent of the problem and best practices developed to mitigate vulnerable road user collisions. Based on a review of collision and other supporting data, current practice on vulnerable road user safety treatments at grade crossings, and a review of the applicable federal, provincial and international regulations and standards, a set of risk factors was identified, as follows:
o Presence of vulnerable road users;
o Train operations;
o Site geometrics;
o Channelization; and
o Vulnerable road user action and condition.
A number of treatments were identified and assessed in terms of their ability to mitigate risks associated with vulnerable road user-train collisions. They were grouped into passive and active treatments. Passive treatments were signs, pavement markings, surface treatments, and physical barriers. Active treatments were visual warnings, audio warnings, and gates. Benefits and drawbacks of each will be discussed.

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Jeff Suggett, Ali Hadayeghi