Microsimulation analysis of highway-rail grade crossings: A case study in Lincoln, Nebraska

Justice Appiah, Laurence R. Rilett

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Abstract

This paper examines the usefulness of supplementing railroad preemption operations at highway-rail grade crossings with variable message signs. Using the microscopic traffic simulation model, VISSIM, the effects on grade crossing operations of different train dwell times as well as different levels of driver response to a variable message sign in the vicinity of the crossing are assessed. The results affirm the potential usefulness of variable message signs for preventing lengthy queues and illustrate the importance of explicitly considering the delay experienced by vehicles on the blocked roadway in developing a traffic control strategy for highway-rail grade crossings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the ASME/IEEE/ASCE Joint Rail Conference, JRC 2008
Pages279-284
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 2008
EventASME/IEEE/ASCE Joint Rail Conference, JRC 2008 - Wilmington, DE, United States
Duration: Apr 22 2008Apr 24 2008

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ASME/IEEE/ASCE Joint Rail Conference, JRC 2008

Conference

ConferenceASME/IEEE/ASCE Joint Rail Conference, JRC 2008
CountryUnited States
CityWilmington, DE
Period4/22/084/24/08

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Transportation

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    Appiah, J., & Rilett, L. R. (2008). Microsimulation analysis of highway-rail grade crossings: A case study in Lincoln, Nebraska. In Proceedings of the ASME/IEEE/ASCE Joint Rail Conference, JRC 2008 (pp. 279-284). (Proceedings of the ASME/IEEE/ASCE Joint Rail Conference, JRC 2008).