During an emergency, transit agency employees may be responsible for managing incidents, assessing situations, and taking appropriate actions. Crisis management is stressful, so transit agency staff not only need clear procedures to follow, but also training and practice on how to carry out those procedures. From considering emergency response in vehicle and equipment purchasing to.. read more →

03 Oct 2017
October 3, 2017

(U) Active Shooter Indicators

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(U) As many active shooting incidents indicate a level of pre-planning, the following is a not all inclusive list of behavioral indicators that may suggest pre-operational planning in active shooter incidents. Several indicators may indicate a heightened threat. • (U) Increased advocacy of violence, erratic, unsafe, or aggressive behaviors; • (U) Idolizing previous active shooting.. read more →

This synthesis will survey North American transit operators with particular emphasis on systems in areas most likely to be affected by extreme weather to determine what methods and procedures are used for maintaining transit stops and associated transit infrastructure during and following extreme weather events.  View Report read more →

The objective of this research is to develop guidance for assessing and mitigating electrical fires on transit vehicles. Transit vehicle fires have safety implications for passengers and employees as well as liability implications for manufacturers, suppliers, and operators. The majority of electrical/arcing fire events lead to a total burn out/loss of the vehicle or serious.. read more →

The goal of this project was to develop a Transit Emergency Response Application (TERA) that accurately trains transit command-level decision makers through simulation guided experiential learning. Simulated guided experiential learning provides gradual and consistent guidance while using a blend of instructional strategies to aid learners in achieving expert performance. TERA provides training and exercise for.. read more →

Terrorists see transit and passenger rail as an attractive target. Designed for public convenience, trains and stations offer terrorists easy access to crowds of people in confined environments where there are minimal security risks and attacks can cause high casualties. This report examines the unique attributes of the terrorist threat, how security measures against terrorism.. read more →

This synthesis will provide state-of-the-practice information for the planning, design, and operations for fire/smoke incidents in underground or enclosed conditions of passenger rail systems.  View Report read more →

This volume consists of 10 papers that explore public transportation, including:  Optimization Model for Transit Signal Priority Under Conflicting Priority Requests; Identifying Factors That Increase Bus Accident Risk by Using Random Forests and Trip-Level Data; Test and Evaluation of Systems to Warn Pedestrians of Turning Buses; and Integrated Analysis System for Rural National Transit Database. .. read more →

The objective of this research is to develop proposed AASHTO guidelines for a data-driven risk assessment at the bridge and structure level. At the minimum, the guidelines should consider risks from natural and man-made hazards and should be suitable for use in a bridge management system.  View Report read more →

The Mineta Transportation Institute has released a report that reviews efforts of commuter railroads to reduce or prevent suicide on railways and implement preventative activities affecting rail-related suicides. View Report read more →