The methodology used in this research is to develop a mixed logit model to predict the probability of the level of injury in highway-rail grade crossing
accidents based on data with three distinct driver-injury severity outcomes of property damage only, injury, and fatality.
Overall, a very interesting and useful decision, which potentially goes way beyond grade crossing
"Removing grade crossings
on the Richardson Highway would allow buses to cut 20 minutes off their round-trip time between Fairbanks and North Pole.
decides to catch up with the rest of the "first world" (Europe and Japan) and go beyond experimenting with high-speed rail lines, these new tracks will require dedicated rails and total absence of grade crossings
. It will be expensive, but necessary.
Whether they were asphalt, wood, or concrete, Calgary's grade crossings
shared a common problem all required maintenance with alarming frequency.
Several of the Congressmen presenting testimony are from Northeastern Illinois, a part of the country with a very high density of highway-rail grade crossings
. They were joined by city officials from Chicago and other mid-western cities.
Because grade crossing
cases are not like auto or defective products cases, the wise plaintiff attorney will already have more than a passing familiarity with railway regulations and nomenclature.
He investigated alternative grade crossing
materials, compared material life, costs, maintenance, installation, and other advantages and disadvantages.
Wells identified three main aspects to rail safety: (1) the internal safety of the rail system--its tracks, equipment, signals, and operations; (2) the highway/rail interface at grade crossings
, including trespassers and (3) the ripple effects of the railroads on community safety and livability.
Because the railroad in the Easterwood case contended that the MUTCD standards had preemptive effect, the Court examined the language of the federal regulation requiring conformity with those very standards.(24) The Court disposed of this argument swiftly, distinguishing between installation standards and installation requirements, finding that the MUTCD provides a description of, rather than a prescription for, the allocation of responsibility for grade crossing
safety between the Federal and State Governments and between States and railroads...."(25)
Rubber was chosen as a grade crossing
material in Watertown, which replaces two grade crossings
a year, because the two railroads going through town were lax in properly maintaining the crossings, resulting in problems for drivers that needed a long-term solution.