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Hazards Associated with HSR Operations Adjacent to Conventional Tracks - Enhanced Literature Review Part I: Summary Report
Keywords: Shared corridor, high-speed rail, heavy axle load freight
Abstract: The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) set out to develop a guidance document which provides information on the design considerations and potential risk mitigations for high-...
Keywords: Ballast behavior, discrete element modeling, DEM, Discrete Element Method, triaxial test, fouling, dynamic train loading, ballast degradation and image analysis
Abstract: An innovative integrated computational-experimental laboratory testing framework has been developed at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to evaluate clean and fouled...
Keywords: safety, personal electronic devices, distraction, electronic device distraction, cell phones, secondary task, railroad employees, safety-critical railroad employees
Abstract: This report describes two studies sponsored by the Federal Railroad Administration that examined distraction from personal electronic device (PED) usage among safety-critical...
Keywords: Positive Train Control (PTC), Software Defined Radio (SDR), Cognitive Radio (CR), wireless communications
Abstract: Robust and interoperable wireless communications are vital to Positive Train Control (PTC). The railway industry has started adopting software-defined radios (SDRs) for packet-...
Reports to Congress
The Impact of Distracting Electronic Devices on the Safe Performance of Duties by Railroad Operating Employees : Initial Report of the Study Required by Section 405 of the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008
Abstract: Based on the historical record, rail transportation in the United States is an extremely safe mode of transportation. However, distraction of a railroad employee who is entrusted...