This report summarizes the data findings from profiling 17 Florida transit agencies in regards to rear-ended and side collisions. Site visits were conducted to get a better understanding of their procedures for investigating, tracking, and preventing collisions. It also included an analysis of their NTD and non-NTD collision data. Based on the findings, this report.. read more →

In this study, researchers at the National Center for Transit Research performed a multi-topic comprehensive examination of bus operator-related critical safety and personal security issues. The goals of this research effort were to: Identify and discuss the organizational reporting structure related to safety departments and/or function within each of the 30 fixed route public transit.. read more →

TRB’s Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Synthesis 108: Transit Bus Operator Distraction Policies is designed to help transit agencies develop policies and programs to address and prevent distracted driving incidents. View full report. read more →

TCRP Report 160: Paratransit Emergency Preparedness and Operations Handbook provides paratransit service providers with guidance, strategies, tools, and resources to plan and prepare for, respond to, and recover from a range of emergencies. The guidance has applicability to urban, suburban, rural, and tribal paratransit operating environments. Guidance is directed to in-house paratransit operations and to.. read more →

Objectives: Sleep disturbances can impair alertness and neurocognitive performance and increase the risk of falling asleep at the wheel. The authors investigated the prevalence of sleep disorders among public transport operators (PTOs) and assessed the interventional effects on hypersomnolence and neurocognitive function in those diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Methods: Overnight polygraphy and questionnaire.. read more →

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) Conference on Research on Fatigue in Transit Operations was conducted October 12–13, 2011, at the Keck Center of the National Academies in Washington, D.C. The conference, which was sponsored by the Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) and TRB, focused on operator fatigue in public transportation. TRB assembled a committee, appointed.. read more →

Public transportation systems are among the most open public facilities in the world and susceptible to breaches of security. Reconciling the need for workplace safety and security with budgetary pressures requires new approaches to increase the effectiveness of existing solutions while preserving flexibility and low costs.An inexpensive sensor-based intrusion detection system that remotely monitors and.. read more →

On Friday, August 13, 2004, Hurricane Charley, a Category Four hurricane, after passing over Sanibel Island in Lee County, made landfall on the south west coast of Florida entering Charlotte Harbor, directly impacting Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte in Charlotte County. Hurricane Charlie continued on a northeast track, traveling through Arcadia in DeSoto County, eastern.. read more →

Journal of Public Transportation Article in Volume 8, Issue 4 Special Edition: Safety and Security (2005) by Todd Litman Abstract This paper evaluates the overall safety of public transit, taking into account all risks, including recent terrorist attacks. It indicates that transit is an extremely safe mode, with total per-passenger-mile fatality rates approximately one-tenth that of automobile.. read more →

Journal of Public Transportation Article in Volume 8, Issue 4 Special Edition: Safety and Security (2005) by Andrzej Morka, Lesław Kwaśniewski, Jerry W. Wekezer Abstract The main objective of this study was to assess usefulness of 3-D, nonlinear dynamic, explicit computer codes for transit safety and security research. An analysis of response of a paratransit bus structure.. read more →