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Highway-Rail Intersection Crash Taxonomy for Connected Vehicle Safety Research - Ten Year Trend

Document Series
Technical Reports
Federal Railroad Administration
Report Number
Subject Grade Crossing Modeling and Simulation, Highway-Rail Grade Crossings
Highway-rail intersection, HRI, highway-rail grade crossing, grade crossing, taxonomy, connected vehicle, vehicle-to-infrastructure, vehicle-to-vehicle

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) accident data from the 2008–2017 study period showed that annual combined highway-rail intersection (HRI) and rail infrastructure accident costs were between $20 million and $40 million dollars. An alternative method developed by the National Highway Cooperative Research Program (NCHRP) provides for the economic losses associated with medical and legal costs, lost productivity, and travel delay. The results from using this alternative method showed that these costs are between $1.6 and $1.9 billion annually.

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Last updated: Monday, July 22, 2019