TS-51 Improving Safety of Railroad Crossings & Light Rail Systems (online)

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CEUs: 0.40


This course grants 0.4 CEUs and 4.0 CMs. (AICP CMs pending approval)


This new online course takes a look at recent studies on how to improve safety at railroad highway crossings and reduce vehicle-train collisions. The first session will also focus on motorized users, as well as pedestrians and bicyclists who have to cross railroad highway crossings on a regular basis. Information will be shared from recent publications including the Railroad-Highway Grade Crossing Handbook and conferences on railroad corridors where speakers addressed railroad crossing safety and discussed some of the topics listed in the course outline. The second session will focus on light rail systems and their impacts on the operation of streets that they have to cross or share with other motorized traffic. The course will address how best to blend motorized and train traffic as well as handle pedestrians that cross light rail tracks on a regular basis so as to minimize conflicts and collisions.

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Topics Include

  • Driver behavior at railroad crossings
  • Conducting railroad crossings diagnostics
  • Treatments for reducing crashes at railroad crossings
  • Railroad preemption sequence and timing of traffic signals
  • Design of pedestrian and bicycle crossings across train tracks
  • Recent railroad highway crossing requirements of the CA MUTCD
  • Examples of light rail alignments and configurations
  • Pros and cons of the various light rail alignment and configuration options
  • Light rail station location, access, and other considerations
  • Impact of light rail on street operations and crash patterns
  • Treatments for pedestrian and bicycle crossings in light rail systems

What you will learn

Students will obtain a rich source of technical information to help them select appropriate safety improvement options and make better decisions about how to reduce collisions at railroad-highway grade crossings and light rail systems that operate on public streets in non-exclusive rights of way.

Who should attend

This course is intended for planners, engineers, and public safety personnel in municipal, county, and state agencies with responsibility for the design and operation of traffic control devices at or near railroad highway crossings as well as light rail systems that operate on public streets which are shared with other road users. Certified planners who need AICP CM credits will be awarded 4.0 credits for this online training course.

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