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Gate Skirts Research at a Highway-Rail Grade Crossing in Ramsey, NJ

Document Series
Research Results
Federal Railroad Administration
Report Number
RR 20-20
Subject Grade Crossing Pedestrian Safety, Highway-Rail Grade Crossings
Pedestrian gates, gate skirts, grade crossing, railroad safety
Gate Skirts-A.pdf (882.81 KB)

The Volpe Center and FRA evaluated the effectiveness of a pedestrian gate enhancement, commonly known as a gate skirt, to deter pedestrians from violating active grade crossing warnings at the E. Main St. crossing in Ramsey, New Jersey. The goal of the added secondary gates is to reduce the number of pedestrians and cyclists who violate the grade crossing while the gates are active, thus reducing the possibility of an incident between a non-motorized violator and a train.

Results indicate that the addition of the gate skirts provided a positive pedestrian safety benefit.

Last updated: Monday, October 26, 2020