Railroad safety and public policy

Ian Savage*

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This paper discusses the safety challenges faced by railroads in the United States. It discusses and evaluates public policy dealing with trespassing, grade crossing collisions, occupational injuries and operational accidents. The primary conclusion is that the government oversight body, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), should take on the role of teacher and risk analyst rather than that of police officer. By doing so the FRA can more effectively target safety problems and do so at reduced cost.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)56-63
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the Transportation Research Forum
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)
  • Transportation

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