Highway Rail Grade Crossing
September 12, 2013 - 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
Presented by: Dr. Eugene R. Russell, Sr.
Prof Emeritus of Civil Engineering, Kansas State University
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60 minutes – One contact hour for PDH and CEU
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The railway industry and the states have done a tremendous job in decreasing grade crossing crashes over the past 40 years. Unfortunately, they still occur, are usually catastrophic, make local paper headlines and sometimes nationally, and could lead to poor public relations or negative perceptions of the industry by the public and costly legal problems. It behooves us all to be vigilant and do all we can to minimize crashes and fatalities at grade crossings by understanding the state-of-the art countermeasures available. This webinar will identify typical challenges at grade crossings, discuss how crossing geometry can improve safety, and provide an overview of current crossing signage and devices. The content is intended to provide an introduction to grade crossings for railway and highway designers and also provides an overview to those in railway and highway operations.
About Dr. Russell
Dr. Eugene (Gene) R. Russell has been involved in grade crossing safety for over 55 years, when he was in the California Division of Highways utility agreements section, responsible for contracts to upgrade highway-rail crossings at grade (grade crossing) in the northern half of California. Other involvement in grade crossings and rail issues over the years included a study leading to his PhD dissertation at Purdue on driver reaction to a grade crossing on a high-speed state highway, developing a grade crossing handbook for the state of Indiana, a member of the AREA highway committee from 1975 until it was phased out, a life member of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Highway – Rail Grade Crossing Committee, a member of the railroad technical committee of the national committee for uniform traffic control devices (NCUTCD) (1980 – 1992) which drafts suggested language for the MUTC, a member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) grade crossing committee , and a life member of AREMA.
Dr. Russell has been principal investigator or co principal investigator of roughly 100 funded research projects, 12 of which have involved research on grade crossings or rail projects, funded or partially funded by the Kansas Department of Transportation, Amtrak, Federal Highway Administration, Federal Railroad Administration, Santa Fe Railroad (before merger) American Association of American railroads and the Burlington Northern railroad. He has over 150 published technical papers – over 25 dealing with grade crossings or other rail issues and he has made dozens of presentations at conferences on these studies throughout the United States and some internationally. His research on additional retro-reflective materials at grade crossings led to the current MUTCD requirement for retro-reflective tape on grade crossing posts for better night visibility and recognition of the crossbuck. He has also developed and taught short courses on grade crossing safety in Indiana and Kansas and was an instructor for the National Highway Institute (NHI) grade crossing safety course for several years, and has participated in some AREMA IPRE courses.
Dr. Russell has degrees from Missouri University of Science & Technology (B.S.C.E.), Iowa State University (M.S.), and Purdue (PhD). He has been inducted into the Missouri S&T, Academy of Civil Engineering which honors their distinguished graduates. In addition to being an AREMA life member, he is a Fellow and life member of ASCE, a Fellow and life member of ITE, a life member of the National Association of County Engineers (NACE), and a member of other professional organizations. In 2009 Dr. Russell was honored by the Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) with their award for Distinguished Contribution to University Transportation Education and Research. In 2012 he was honored by ASCE with the Wilbur Smith award for his many years of service to the profession including grade crossing safety. He is also a national Honor Member of Chi Epsilon, the civil engineering honor society.
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