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2022 T R A N S I T C O O P E R A T I V E R E S E A R C H P R O G R A M TCRP RESEARCH REPORT 233 Research sponsored by the Federal Transit Administration in cooperation with the Transit Development Corporation Subject Areas Public Transportation â¢ Railroads â¢ Safety and Human Factors Strategies for Deterring Trespassing on Rail Transit and Commuter Rail Rights-of-Way Volume 2: Research Overview Jeffery E. Warner Dahye Lee Amber B. Trueblood James C. Cline, Jr. Neal A. Johnson Andrew Christjoy Texas A&M Transportation Institute The Texas A&M University System College Station, TX
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C O O P E R A T I V E R E S E A R C H P R O G R A M S CRP STAFF FOR TCRP RESEARCH REPORT 233, VOLUME 2 Christopher J. Hedges, Director, Cooperative Research Programs Lori L. Sundstrom, Deputy Director, Cooperative Research Programs Gwen Chisholm Smith, Manager, Transit Cooperative Research Program Mariela Garcia-Colberg, Senior Program Officer Emily Griswold, Program Coordinator Natalie Barnes, Director of Publications Heather DiAngelis, Associate Director of Publications Kami Cabral, Editor TCRP PROJECT A-44 Field of Operations David C. Wilcock, VHB, Boston, MA (Chair) Sarah A. Kline, Operation Lifesaver, Inc., Washington, DC Rodney P. Massman, Missouri Public Service Commission, Columbia, MO Michael J. Moore, Sr., LA Metro (retired), Altadena, CA Jahmal M. Pullen, North Carolina Department of Transportation, Raleigh, NC Ian P. Savage, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL Justin R. Vonashek, MTA Metro North Railroad, New York, NY Kurt Wilkinson, Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District, Portland, OR George Good, FTA Liaison Steven Schuster, FTA Liaison Brian Thomas Alberts, APTA Liaison The research reported herein was performed under TCRP Project A-44 by the Texas A&M Transporta- tion Institute (TTI), part of The Texas A&M University System. Jeffery E. Warner, TTI associate research scientist, was the principal investigator. The other authors of this report were Dahye Lee, Amber Trueblood, Jim Cline, Neal Johnson, and Andrew Christjoy. The work was performed under the general supervision of Mr. Warner. The authors wish to acknowledge the many agencies and individuals that contributed to this research by participating in the online surveys and case study meetings, assisting with the proposal, and providing resources or information throughout the project; and the TTI personnel who contributed throughout the project. The online survey agencies, including 22 U.S. agencies and 14 non-U.S. agencies, are identified in Chapter 3. Case study meetings were held at the following agencies and with the following participants: â¢ Maryland Transit Administration â Douglas âChaseâ Aiken-Brown â Eric Bowser â George Brooks â William Brown â Catrice Davis â Dean Del Peschio â Linda Edy â Royland Fraser â Forrest Freeland â Michael Gilhooly â Steve Gladstone â Dale Green-Worrell â Wesley Hackley â Jeff McCormack â Joshua McCormack â Tim Tyran â Wilson Wallace AUTHOR ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
â¢ Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Metro-North Railroad â Ed Cassese â John Kesich â John Longobardi â Deidre Mitchell â Matthew Mitchell â Matthew Peloso â Chuck Pisanelli â Bruce Pollack â Jami Spordone â Christopher Taft â Maureen Taylor â¢ Utah Transit Authority â Carolyn Anderson â Tina Bartholomew â Martin Cocker â Ron Kendell â Travis King â Sheldon Shaw â¢ Dallas Area Rapid Transit â Paul Bourzikas â Tammy Doran â Anthony Fuller â Kris Gandham â Bonnie Murphy â Jessica Powers â Jerry Reynolds â Megan Tang â¢ Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority â Jennifer Arndt â Rachel Barlow â Jonetta Burnette â Jacqueline Gonzalez â Vijay Khawani â Stephen Lino â Susan Walker â¢ ProRail, the Netherlands â Roald van der Valk â¢ Transport for London, London Underground â Simon Abernethy â¢ Secondary case studies â Karl Meyer and Rachael Bishop, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Long Island Rail Road â Michelle Jennings, Amtrak â Ed Abel, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority â Luke Chisenhall, Texas Department of Transportation The following provided proposal and project assistance: â¢ Emani Lee-Odai, American Public Transportation Association â¢ Israel Herevia, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Austin) â¢ Carolyn Cook, Federal Railroad Administration â¢ Frank Frey, Federal Railroad Administration â¢ Michail Grizkewitsch, Federal Railroad Administration â¢ Monica Shaw, Federal Railroad Administration â¢ Lieutenant Cheryl Southwell, Houston Police Department â¢ Joshua Katz, Illinois Department of Transportation â¢ Grigore HavÃ¢rneanu, PhD, International Union of Railways â¢ Jessica Devorsky, Texas Operation Lifesaver â¢ Jodi Godfrey, University of South Florida Center for Urban Transportation Research â¢ Lisa Staes, University of South Florida Center for Urban Transportation Research â¢ Bruce Cardon, Utah Transit Authority â¢ Scott Gabree, Volpe National Transportation Systems Center â¢ Joyce Rose, WSP USA The following TTI researchers provided support (non-authors): â¢ Bjorn Birgisson, PhD â¢ Kay Fitzpatrick, PhD â¢ Brianne Glover, JD â¢ Nicole Katsikides, PhD â¢ Curtis Morgan â¢ Leonard Ruback â¢ Allan Rutter â¢ Mike Vickich â¢ Michael Walk AUTHOR ACKNOWLEDGMENTS (Continued)
TCRP Research Report 233: Strategies for Deterring Trespassing on Rail Transit and Com- muter Rail Rights-of-Way describes the techniques and treatments that transit agencies deploy to address trespasser issues and provides strategies to deter trespassing on rail transit and commuter rail exclusive and semi-exclusive rights-of-way, including within station areas outside designated pedestrian crossings. This work will provide proven trespasser prevention strategies to both transportation agencies and regulatory bodies for consistent implementation. The report, guidebook, and interactive spreadsheet will be of immediate use to designers of new rail systems, existing rail transit and commuter rail agencies, plan- ning groups, local development firms, local municipalities, and other stakeholder entities that influence the rail system and local land development adjacent to the rail transit and commuter rail right-of-way. The final deliverables also include a summary video that high- lights the importance of using all the available tools to counteract trespassing. The rail transit and commuter rail industries face a continuing problem with trespass- ing incidents that occur on systems throughout the United States. Trespassers are at great risk of being struck and fatally injured or severely hurt while on the rights-of-way. Most of these accidents and deaths are preventable, and rail transit and commuter rail agencies have deployed a variety of techniques and treatments to address the trespasser issue. These techniques and treatments have ranged from physical barriers to public outreach and edu- cation with varying levels of success. The goal of this research was to catalog ways to deter trespassing on rail transit and com- muter rail rights-of-way. The research had four main objectives: review research on current trespasser mitigation strategies; catalog current approaches to preventing trespassing on the rights-of-way; analyze trespasser mitigation strategies to ascertain overall outcomes and effectiveness and make recommendations; and document best practices. The final deliverables for TCRP Project A-44, âStrategies for Deterring Trespassing on Rail Transit and Commuter Rail Rights-of-Way,â include a guidebook, published as TCRP Research Report 233: Strategies for Deterring Trespassing on Rail Transit and Com- muter Rail Rights-of-Way, Volume 1: Guidebook, the contractorâs final report, published as TCRP Research Report 233: Strategies for Deterring Trespassing on Rail Transit and Commuter Rail Rights-of-Way, Volume 2: Research Overview, an interactive spreadsheet, and a summary video. Volume 1 presents the guidebook, including six chapters and two appendices. Appendix A contains the countermeasure summary matrix, and Appendix B contains instructions for the interactive spreadsheet. Volume 2 presents the research activities conducted to produce the guidebook and the interactive spreadsheet. The report F O R E W O R D By Mariela Garcia-Colberg Staff Officer Transportation Research Board
is organized into seven chapters; the initial chapters include a review of relevant literature, an explanation of trespassing characteristics, and a description of trespassing counter- measure strategies and current practices. Subsequent chapters review the existing guidelines, make recommendations for addressing trespassing issues, and highlight case studies. The report concludes with summations of the research findings and the guidebook. An inter- active spreadsheet and a summary video were also prepared as part of this research. All these deliverables are available on the National Academies Press website (www.nap.edu) by searching for TCRP Research Report 233: Strategies for Deterring Trespassing on Rail Transit and Commuter Rail Rights-of-Way.
1 Summary 4 Chapter 1 Introduction 4 Importance of the Issue 4 Research Objectives 5 Research Approach 5 Report Structure 7 Chapter 2 Rail Transit and Commuter Rail Trespassing Characteristics 7 Rail Transit and Commuter Rail Systems in the United States 10 Trespassing Characteristics 19 Chapter 3 Online Survey of Practitioners 19 Survey Methodology 20 Survey Findings 49 Summary of Key Survey Findings 52 Chapter 4 Rail Transit and Commuter Rail Trespassing Countermeasure Strategies and Current Practices 53 Engineering and Physical MeasuresâFencing, Channelization, and Barriers 56 Engineering and Physical MeasuresâLandscaping 58 Engineering and Physical MeasuresâAnti-trespass Guard Panels 60 Engineering and Physical MeasuresâPlatform Screen Doors 62 Engineering and Physical MeasuresâSurveillance and Detection 68 Engineering and Physical MeasuresâLighting 70 Engineering and Physical MeasuresâApproaching Train Alerts 72 Engineering and Physical MeasuresâTrack Retrieval Device 73 Education and EngagementâSignage 75 Education and EngagementâCommunity-Based Collaboration 77 Education and EngagementâPublic and Industry Events and Campaigns 79 Education and EngagementâEmployee Intervention Training 81 Education and EngagementâHope Poles 83 EnforcementâLaw Enforcement and Patrol 85 Chapter 5 Review of Existing Guidelines and Recommendations for Addressing Trespassing Issues 85 Review of Countermeasure Strategy Standards and Guidelines 90 Decision-Making Process Guidance 96 Legal Considerations and Guidance C O N T E N T S
97 Chapter 6 Case Study Selection Methodology and Findings 97 Introduction and Methodology 99 Primary Case Study Summaries 144 Secondary Case Study Summaries 153 Summary of Case Study Findings 157 Chapter 7 Recapitulation 157 Contents of the Guidebook 157 Summary of Research Findings 161 Acronyms 162 References and Other Resources