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Measurement and Characterization of Track Geometry Data: Literature Review and Recommendations for Processing FRA ATIP Program Data

Document Series
Technical Reports
Federal Railroad Administration
Report Number
Subject Track
Track geometry, track quality, track irregularities, space curve, Track Quality Index, TQI, Track Geometry Measurement System, TGMS, Automated Track Inspection Program, ATIP, Power Spectral Density, PSD

From October 2018 to March 2019, the Federal Railroad Administration sponsored Transportation Technology Center, Inc. to conduct a literature review on the methods of measurement and characterization of track geometry. The goal of the review was to summarize the current state of track geometry measurement and to provide recommendations on methods for processing and characterizing track geometry data collected under FRA’s Automated Track Inspection Program.

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Last updated: Friday, August 11, 2023