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PSAP Response to Railroad Incidents & Benefits of Intelligent Transportation Systems

Published Jan 10, 2023

Watch the first webinar of 2023.

Public Safety Communications & Railroad Interaction 

PSAPs must interact with railroad call centers and other railroad personnel when the PSAP/ECC becomes aware that an incident requiring emergency assistance threatens railroad infrastructure or is on or near railroad tracks. Unlike calls from the public which include an address or street intersection, railroad incidents typically use a milepost, cross street or crossing identification system. This presentation covers the Emergency Notification System, the Federal Railroad Administration’s Cross and GIS data, and additional first responder resources.

Intelligent Transportation Systems and 911

To enhance the delivery of public safety services during emergency situations and improve traffic congestion management, the McConnell Public Safety and Transportation Operations Center (MPSTOC) brings together multiple agencies from Fairfax County and the Commonwealth of Virginia. This overview describes the operating concepts of the center and how the agencies all work together, as well as how 911 benefits from collocation with, and access to, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and ITS data sharing.

Speakers include:

  • Raquel Wright, Geospatial Information Officer, Federal Railroad Administration

  • Monica Shaw, Transportation Specialist, Federal Railroad Administration

  • Michail Grizkewitsch, Transportation Specialist, Federal Railroad Administration

  • Tracy Shelton, Partnership General Manager, McConnell Public Safety and Transportation Operations Center

  • Norvel Cooksey, Northern Virginia Transportation Operations Center Program Manager, Virginia Department of Transportation