Concern over METRORail light rail vehicles collisions with cars, pedestrians, and motorists led the Kinder Institute to fund Rice Human Factors researchers to conduct a safety analysis of the rail line.
Researchers from Rice proposed that the METRORail system design may not abide by human factors principles, resulting in accidents similar to those seen in other safety-critical systems. This safety assessment found that the METRORail system has several system-wide human factors issues and several specific to particular sections of track. Possible safety enhancements are suggested for each issue.
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