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System-Wide Implementation of Rail Right-of-Way Incursion Treatments

Document Series
Research Results
Federal Railroad Administration
Report Number
RR 19-20
Subject Grade Crossing and Trespass Outreach/Education, Highway-Rail Grade Crossings
grade crossing, right-of-way incursion, rail, vehicle incursion, railroad safety

From 2016 through 2018, the Volpe Center partnered with SunRail to develop, install, and evaluate promising vehicle ROW incursion prevention engineering treatments. Following this demonstration project, in early 2018 the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) announced the LIRR Forward plan, which included the implementation of system-wide, high-visibility safety delineators and striping. Results indicated that those treatments had a significant positive effect on reducing ROW incursions by motor vehicles. The number of incidents involving trains striking vehicles on the tracks was reduced from two over the 1-year period before the treatments’ implementation to zero over the 1-year period after implementation.

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Last updated: Thursday, October 17, 2019