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Delaware County Highway-Railroad Grade Crossing Study

Product No.: 06007
Date Published: 10/2006

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Geographic Area Covered: Collingdale, Darby, Folcroft, Glenolden, Norwood, Prospect Park, and Ridley Park boroughs and Ridley and Upper Chichester townships in Delaware County, Pennsylvania

Abstract: This study examines a grouping of eleven highway-railroad grade crossings along a major rail freight line in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. The purpose of the study is to document existing conditions at the crossings in the corridor, and to propose an improvement program which facilitates the flow of freight and mitigates the impacts of the trains on the surrounding communities. The report provides detailed information, maps, and aerial photographs about each of the corridor's eleven grade crossings. A range of options available to mitigate crossing conflicts are summarized and an analytic tool, GradeDec.Net, is employed to test various improvement scenarios. Drawing from a broad based steering committee, the report sets forth a broad corridor action plan, identifies those crossings with the greatest potential to be grade separated, and recommends a number of activities which will help integrate rail freight operations with community goals.

Key Words: Freight, safety, grade crossings, grade separation, supplemental measures, DOT crossing identification number, community goals, MAROps

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