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Houston Trainwatch

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  1. Houston Trainwatch Working together to keep our city safe and moving Jack C. Hanagriff Houston Police Department Federal Railroad Administration Law Enforcement Liaison

  2. Railroad Operations • Traffic congestion • Danger to community • Quality of life issues • Environmental hazard

  3. A Broad-Based Partnership • Union Pacific Rail, BNSF, PTRA, & KCS • Houston Police Department (HPD) • Federal Railroad Administration • Department of Public Works & Engineering • TranStar • Texas Transportation Institute

  4. A Commitment by Houston Railroads • Will instruct its crews NOT to block crossings • Will discipline crews that block crossings • Will create staging areas for trains outside populated areas • Will support city, state and federal efforts to create grade-separated crossings

  5. What is a blocked crossing? • A train stopped upon a crossing for more than five minutes • No movement • Additional movement stops the time keeping • A slow moving train is not a violation

  6. Train Watch • Monitor Crossings • Track Citizen Complaints regarding Railroad Operations • Collect Data of Police Calls for Service • Identify Locations that Hinder Emergency Response Time

  7. Information from Citizens • Call 3-1-1 • Email

  8. Blocked Crossing Alert HPDassesses severityof incident UNIONPACIFIC 311 Citizen Calls ImmediatelyAddressesComplaint DispatchesUnit Average 61 CFS

  9. Trainwatch@cityofhouston.net • Record Long Term Complaints • Measure Quality of Life Issues • Track Citizen Concerns

  10. Train Watch – Camera Monitoring • 19 Sites Monitored by Camera • Internet Based • Tracking Public Safety • Tracking Transportation Mobility • Data Compiled • Times Trains Block • Gates Down No Train • Incidents at the Crossing

  11. 6:42 a.m. Tracking Signal Malfunctions

  12. 7:41 a.m.

  13. 7:42 a.m.

  14. 7:44 a.m. Tracking Blockages

  15. 8:16 a.m.

  16. Tracking School Children Delayed by Trains

  17. Patrol Alerts sent to impacted Police Stations • Summary of behavior • Related Statute • Block Crossing Ordinance • Trespassing Violations • Traffic Code

  18. Automatic Crossing Trigger

  19. Emergency Responder Delay • HFD tracking delays • Information is plotted on a map • Crossing Alarms utilize same map

  20. Fire Station in Proximity to Crossings • Notify Railroad of Emergency Run • Railroad will attempt to assist by reducing blockages • Hold Trains • Attempt to Clear Crossings

  21. Advanced Blocked Crossing Warning Warning Signs Flash to Alert Motorists that crossing in use Message Board at Crossing with Estimated Wait Time 31,985 ADTraffic

  22. Successes • Railroads and City of Houston working together to reduce incidents • Citizens have a mechanism to voice concerns • Complaint Tracking Identifies other Issues • Illegal U-Turns on Crossings • Train Horn Rule Violations