Improving Safety of Railroad Crossings & Light Rail Systems

Dates: February 22-24, 2021

Meets: M and W from 10:00 AM to 12 N

Location: Online



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


This 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 highway rail crossings on a regular basis. Information will be shared from recent publications including the Highway Rail Crossing Handbook Third Edition and presentations on railroad corridors where speakers from the railroad industry, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) 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. The presentation will be updated to include information from the Highway Rail Crossing Handbook Third Edition where it specifically addresses light rail operations.

Click here for a detailed outline.

Topics Include

  • Current data on fatalities at Highway Rail Crossings
  • Driver behavior at railroad crossings, especially blocked crossings
  • Benefits from conducting rail crossings diagnostics
  • Updates from the Highway Rail Crossing Handbook Third Edition
  • Proven treatments for reducing crashes at rail crossings
  • Rail preemption sequence and timing of traffic signals
  • Design of pedestrian and bicycle crossings across train tracks
  • Highway rail crossing requirements of the CA MUTCD
  • Examples of light rail alignments and configurations
  • Relevant Light Rail Updates from the Highway Rail Crossing Handbook Third Edition
  • 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
  • Light rail operations at roundabouts
  • Light rail operations at Diverging Diamond interchanges

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.


Group Pricing Special

Pay for one online class registration at full-price and receive up to five additional registrations for your co-workers for the same class at half-price. After you complete your full-price online class registration, please contact our registrar at to receive a coupon code for 50% off each additional participant that you can share with up to five others from your agency. If your co-worker has provided you with a coupon code, you will be prompted to enter the code before you complete your registration. For groups larger than six, please contact the registrar at for more information. Some online courses are excluded from this offer.

Class Schedule

This class has two, two-hour sessions.

Monday, February 22, 2021 :: 10:00 - 12:00 p.m. :: Pacific Time
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 :: 10:00 - 12:00 p.m. :: Pacific Time

This is a live online course. All times for the online lecture are in (California) Pacific Time. Approximately one week before the course start date, all paid students will receive detailed instructions on how to access the web based lecture and course site. You will also receive instructions on how to access the student course notebook.

Please make sure we have your updated contact information and you have access to an internet connection for your desktop or laptop on the days and times of the lecture. We recommend you discuss any possible problems or online security issues with your IT person before you register for any online classes. If you're worried about connectivity issues, please contact the online training coordinator, Jenny Grandbois, the week before the class to schedule a time to test your system. If you don't test your system and you have technical issues during a live online class, we will not provide a refund.


Please Note:   This is an online class

Call us at 510-643-4393 to see if you qualify for a discount on this course.

Fee Breakdown

Course Fee (Basic)CA Public Agency$ 145.00
Course Fee (Alternate)Standard fee$ 290.00



Nazir Lalani

PE, President- Traffex Engineers Inc., Ventura, CA

Mr. Lalani is the President of a transportation consulting firm that offers a unique blend of transportation, local agency, technical training and expert witness services since 1996. After relocating to the U.S.A. from the UK where he was working for the Greater London Council, Nazir worked for Jefferson County and the City of Lakewood in Colorado, the City of Phoenix, Arizona, the Cities of Santa Rosa as well as Ventura and the Counties of Santa Barbara and Ventura, California. Nazir currently provides consulting services to local agencies ranging from the complete responsibilities of traffic engineering functions to specialized operations such as synchronized signal systems as well as studies designed to improve pedestrian and bicycle facilities. Until recently, he was the Contract City Traffic Engineer for the Cities of La Quinta, Ojai and Indian Wells in Southern California. He continues to proving consulting traffic engineering services to several local agencies including the City of Palm Desert and the City of Rancho Mirage. For the past 20 years, including at the present time, Nazir has been an instructor of collegiate courses concerning traffic and transportation engineering. He currently presents approximately 30 webinar per year on a variety of transportation and Traffic Engineering topics.

Date Day Time Location
02/22/2021Monday10 AM to 12 N Online
02/24/2021Wednesday10 AM to 12 N Online


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