Guidebook on Pedestrian Crossings of Public Transit Rail Services

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place - north america, mode - rail, mode - tram/light rail, mode - pedestrian, planning - safety/accidents


pedestrian access, rail transit, safety, rail crossings, pedestrian crossing


TRB Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Report 175: Guidebook on Pedestrian Crossings of Public Transit Rail Services presents a wide array of engineering treatments designed to help improve pedestrian safety for three types of public transit rail services: light rail, commuter rail, and streetcar.

The Guidebook addresses key pedestrian safety issues associated with public transit rail services; presents pedestrian crossing issues associated with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and the Americans with Disabilities Act; summarizes readily available decision flowcharts used to make decisions regarding pedestrian treatments at rail crossings; presents information for 34 pedestrian treatments used at rail crossings, grouped into eight appropriate categories; and includes four case studies that examine specific decisions with respect to pedestrian rail crossings.


Permission to publish the abstract has been given by Transportation Research Board, Washington, copyright remains with them.