Thanks to 180 participants from across the country, TTI organizers say the 2011 National Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Safety Training Conference, held in Galveston Nov. 6-9, was a success.
Held every other year, the grade crossing conference examines the current issues in the highway and railroad industries and serves as an information sharing and education program. Among the issues discussed during break-out sessions were:
- safety and treatment enhancements at pedestrian crossings;
- shared-use corridors;
- safety plans from various states; and
- human factors safety training program development, or crew resource management training, in the railroad industry.
This year’s winner of the Hoy Richards Career Achievement Award was presented posthumously to Anya Carroll, a former civil engineer and research scientist at USDOT’s Volpe National Transportation Systems Center. Carroll was a tireless leader in the effort to reduce the number of fatalities and injuries as a result of collisions between trains and roadway users. Carroll died in August.