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Emerging Practices and Technology for Railroad Grade Crossings

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The session will present state-of-the-practice information on developing robust grade crossing treatments to improve safety and operations at rail crossings. Presentations include an overview of the Section 130 Program for funding grade crossing improvements, a synopsis of research on emerging technologies for grade crossings, a description of an innovative multilane roundabout treatment and a summary of the new ITE Recommended Practice Preemption of Traffic Signals Near Railroad Crossings.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand current research and application of new technologies for improved safety at highway-rail grade crossings
  • Demonstrate the successful application of an innovative multi-lane roundabout design in managing queueing at roundabouts
  • Explain the contents of ITE’s updated recommended practice including best practices and expanded coverage of the technical issues related to the successful implementation of highway-rail grade crossing treatments
Moderator: Brent Ogden, P.E., PTOE, Regional Vice President, Kimley-Horn

Presentation Titles & Speakers:
  • Missouri's Innovative Roundabout with Railroad Preemption”, David Mennenga, P.E., PTOE, Associate / Project Manager, George Butler Associates, Inc., Lenexa, Kansas
  • Esther Strawder, Transportation Specialist, Federal Highway Administration, Washington, DC
  • Francesco Bedini Jacobini, Program Manager, Highway-Rail Grade Crossing and Trespass Prevention Research Program, Federal Railroad Administration, Washington, DC and Marco DaSilva, General Engineer / Projects Manager, Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, Cambridge, MA
  • “ITE Recommended Practice on Preemption of Traffic Signals Near Railroad Grade Crossings”, Tom Lancaster, Founding Principal, Lancaster Mobley, Portland, OR

Contributors

  • Moderator: Brent Ogden, P.E., PTOE, Regional Vice President, Kimley-Horn

  • David Mennenga, P.E., PTOE, Associate / Project Manager, George Butler Associates, Inc., Lenexa, Kansas

    Dave Mennenga is a Firm Associate for George Butler Associates, Inc. (GBA) in Lenexa, Kansas. He has worked in GBA’s Traffic Engineering and Transportation Planning group for the past 25 years. Dave is a MOVITE Past President (2018) and is currently representing that District on the international One ITE Task Force.

    Dave is a licensed Professional Engineer in the States of Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Iowa. He has been nationally-certified as a Professional Traffic Operations Engineer since 2003. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering in 1993, and Master of Science in Traffic and Transportation Engineering in 1995, both from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

  • Tom Lancaster, Founding Principal, Lancaster Mobley, Portland, OR

    Tom Lancaster, PE, PTOE, Fellow – ITE, worked for Oregon DOT as a traffic engineer for 7 years, then was Lane County, Oregon, Traffic Engineer for 7 years. He then established his own consulting firm, Lancaster Engineering (now LancasterMobley), specializing in traffic safety and operations. He assisted in the development of traffic signal preemption for the MAX light-rail system in Portland. He was active in the National Committee for the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for many years.

  • Esther Strawder, Transportation Specialist, Federal Highway Administration, Washington, DC

    Esther Strawder currently manages the Rail Highway Crossing Program, also known as the Section 130 Program on the Safety Implementation Team in FHWA’s Office of Safety. In this capacity, she oversees the Biennial RHCP Report to Congress, technical assistance and training to State DOTs, RCHP annual report reviews, Commuter Authority Rail Safety Improvement (CARSI) grant program, and the Operation Lifesaver cooperative agreement. Prior to this new appointment, she was a team member focused on roadway safety data and analysis for the Office of Safety. She also serves as the Office Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion. Before joining HSA, Esther was the FHWA Maryland Division Safety Engineer, as well as an Area Engineer and Quality Coordinator from 2000 to 2008. Esther has 30 years with FHWA also working in NC, AK (FHL), and TX, and Headquarters including positions in Policy, Finance, and Infrastructure.

  • Francesco Bedini Jacobini, Program Manager, Highway-Rail Grade Crossing and Trespass Prevention Research Program, Federal Railroad Administration, Washington, DC

    Mr. Francesco Bedini Jacobini joined the FRA in 2017 where he currently serves as Program Manager for Grade Crossing and Trespass Research within the FRA’s Office of Research, Development and Technology. He previously worked for four years with the Illinois Department of Transportation on the Chicago to St. Louis High Speed Rail project. He holds a Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Civil Engineering, both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • Marco DaSilva, General Engineer / Projects Manager, Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, Cambridge, MA

    Mr. Marco daSilva is a Senior Engineer at the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Volpe Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His work portfolio includes management of the Volpe Center’s Highway-Rail Grade Crossing and Trespass Research program in support of the Federal Railroad Administration. Mr. daSilva holds a Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University and a Master of Science degree in Transportation Engineering from Northeastern University.

July 21, 2021
Wed 1:30 PM EDT

Duration 1H 30M

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