TMC Advanced Rail Crossing Management Functional Area


'TMC Advanced Rail Crossing Management' monitors and controls rail crossing traffic control equipment at advanced crossings that provide additional information on approaching trains, detect and report obstructions on the grade crossing, and communicate directly with equipped vehicles approaching the crossing. It remotely monitors and reports the status of the rail crossing equipment and sends control plan updates to the equipment. It also provides enhanced coordination between rail operations and traffic management centers that supports forecast of closure times and durations that may be applied to advanced traffic control strategies or delivered as enhanced traveler information.

Included In

City of Columbus Traffic Management Center
Local Traffic Management Centers
ODOT District Offices

Functional Requirements

01The center shall remotely control highway–rail intersection (HRI) equipment located in the field.
02The center shall accept collect highway–rail intersection (HRI) advisory or alert data from rail operations centers.
03The center shall collect highway–rail intersection (HRI) equipment operational status and compare against the control information sent by the center.
04The center shall provide the highway–rail intersection (HRI) equipment operational status to rail operations centers.
05The center shall collect incident information related to a highway–rail intersection (HRI), such as intersection blockages or crashes or equipment malfunctions.
06The center shall implement control plans to coordinate signalized intersections around highway–rail intersections (HRI), under control of center personnel, based on data from sensors and surveillance monitoring traffic conditions, incidents, equipment faults, pedestrian crossings, etc.
07The center shall accept train schedules, maintenance schedules, and any other forecast events that will result in highway–rail intersection (HRI) closures data from rail operations centers.