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  1. FRA Update 2008 Mid-States Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Safety Conference May 19, 2008 Grapevine, TX

  2. Overview • Focus on Passenger Rail in the Mix • Developments to Watch • Integrated Transportation Safety Planning • Results

  3. Focus on Passenger Rail Context: • High speed rail • Commuter rail new starts • Shared use • Finding the future of intercity rail

  4. Focus on Passenger Rail Challenges: • Optimizing use of scarce rail corridors • Advancing passenger rail without creating new capacity choke points on the freight network • Achieving safety by building it in from the beginning • Adjusting public and private expectations while meeting mobility needs at a cost we can afford

  5. Focus on Passenger Rail Examples: • CalTrain electrification • California High Speed Rail • DesertXpress • Austin Metrorail • UTA FrontRunner

  6. Developments to Watch New Resources: • Traffic channelization • Pedestrian safety devices • Trespass Demographic Study – final Upcoming: • CalTrain Trespass Symposium – report • RSAC General Passenger Safety Task force • 2d train • Railroad Research Foundation Suicide Study

  7. Developments to Watch Better data, better analysis: • Pending legislation on National Grade Crossing Inventory • Building revised form and instructions • XML data interchange • Accident/Incident Reporting amendments (June 2008 NPRM) • Geo location • GRADEDEC

  8. Developments to Watch Private Crossing Inquiry • Final report pending • Decision making within DOT forthcoming • Final options for discussion • www.regulations.gov, FRA Docket No. 2005-23281

  9. Integrated Transportation Planning • Looking at the whole • Passenger safety • Employee safety • Public safety • System Safety Management regulatory task • Collision Hazard Analysis Guide • Corridor approach • Passenger – freight – public interface • PTC • ECP brakes

  10. Results

  11. Results

  12. Results

  13. Results

  14. Results

  15. QUESTIONS? Ron Ries (202) 493-6285 Ronald.rie2dot.govs