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Unlike highway crashes and incidents, rail related incidents incur a host of industry-specific impacts can be exponentially more costly. There has been a growing need for an accurate measure of rail incident costs that reflects the broad spectrum of events that occur on the railway, including highway-rail grade crossing crashes, rail trespassing crashes, and non-crash delay incidents.
The Institute for Transportation Research and Education, under the leadership of the North Carolina Rail Division, has developed a user-friendly cost tool that is capable of estimating the comprehensive set of costs that result from a rail incident. The tool evaluates costs stemming from property damage, injuries and fatalities, delay, rerouting, and supply chain events, as well as emergency responder costs.
Pedestrian strikes are a key subset of the many types of rail incidents that occur on North Carolina’s rail network. Crossing deaths of pedestrians (as opposed to those of motor vehicle occupants) have increased from approximately 10 percent of total crossing deaths in the late 1970s to 35 percent in the middle 2010s. As part of this webinar, safety considerations related to pedestrian strikes will be closely examined.
For this webinar, Roger Smock will discuss the importance of rail safety and countermeasures. Steve Bert will demonstrate how the Comprehensive Cost of Rail Incidents Cost Tool can be used to illuminate the economic and social impacts resulting from rail incidents and show how the tool can be used to generate support for countermeasures and expanded safety training. Sarah Searcy will share key findings from her rail trespass research, including key sources of pedestrian conflicts and opportunities to mitigate rail trespass strikes.
Institute for Transportation Research and Education at NC State University