New IDEAs for Rail Safety: Annual Report of the Rail Safety IDEA Program

Document Type


Publication Date


Subject Area

mode - rail, planning - safety/accidents, infrastructure - maintainance, technology - intelligent transport systems


Rail safety, performance, security, mainteneance


This annual report presents a summary of progress on investigations conducted as part of the Rail Safety Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis (Rail Safety IDEA) program sponsored by the Federal Railroad Administration. The program is management by the Transportation Research Board, part of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, and technical oversight is provided by the Transportation Safety IDEA Program Committee. Rail Safety IDEA is one of three IDEA programs managed by the Transportation Research Board (TRB) to improve railroad safety and performance. The Federal Railroad Administration is interested in proposals that will improve safety and performance in railroad systems, including in the following areas: security, environmental impact; human factors; rolling stock and components; track and structures; track/train interaction; grade crossings; hazardous materials transportation; train occupant protection; trespass prevention; signaling and train control systems; and employee safety


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