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Research Report and Findings: Crash Energy Management for Heavy Rail Vehicles, Light Rail Vehicles, and Streetcars (Report 0233)


This report presents background research and analysis on needs and gaps for new standards related to transit crashworthiness, the ability of a transit vehicle to protect its occupants during a collision, and crash energy management, a performance-based technique that is used to improve passenger safety. This report includes a summary of transportation modes that lack crashworthiness and crash energy management standards, existing standards implemented into industries related to crashworthiness, and crash energy management used for newly-procured equipment and industry survey results of the use of the standards implemented.

Last updated: Friday, October 21, 2022
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