Friday, March 5, 2010

And the At-Grade Rail Crash Video Nominees Are:

It’s Oscar weekend, so let’s settle back and watch some short subjects – videos of at-grade rail crashes over the years. This compilation focuses primarily on systems in Houston, TX and Phoenix, AZ, cities that dominate the category, although they’re not alone.

It’s a sobering subject, and we’re not making light of the property damage, injuries and deaths that occur when light rail transit at ground level interacts with vehicles and pedestrians.

Some in Honolulu continue to propose the at-grade concept, so it’s entirely appropriate to highlight this significant safety deficiency of at-grade rail.

Both Phoenix and Houston are still working on how to avoid collisions with their at-grade trains, so don’t be surprised if these cities are among next year’s nominees, too.

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