Category Archives: Rail Transit

Passenger Rail Equipment Qualification Database

Posted ago by Stephanie Lewis

A passenger rail equipment qualification and acceptance database funded by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) was developed to house all past and present qualification and acceptance tests for new passenger vehicles. The database is available for the industry including transit …

Improving Pathways to Transit for Persons with Disabilities

Posted ago by Stephanie Lewis

Persons with disabilities can achieve a greater degree of freedom when they have full access to a variety of transit modes, but this can only be achieved when the pathways to transit – the infrastructure and conditions in the built …

FRA Rolls Out New Railroad Crossing and Trespassing Website to Increase Rail Safety

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FRA Rolls Out New Railroad Crossing and Trespassing Website to Increase Rail Safety Part of agency’s effort to increase education of railroad crossing safety, reduce fatalities WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today launched …

Federal Transit Administration Announces Final Rule Strengthening State Safety Oversight of Rail Transit Systems

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The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced a final rule that significantly strengthens state safety oversight and enforcement authority to prevent and mitigate accidents and incidents on rail transit systems. “With the more rigorous and effective state …

CTA O’Hare Accident Caused By Fatigue, Misplaced Track Braking System

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The NTSB conducts thorough investigations (including root-cause analyses) of events – not simply stopping with the obvious. Abstract | Presentation

TCRP Report 175: Guidebook on Pedestrian Crossings of Public Transit Rail Services

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TRB has released TCRP Report 175: Guidebook on Pedestrian Crossings of Public Transit Rail Services. This report presents a wide array of engineering treatments designed to help improve pedestrian safety for three types of ¬public transit rail services: light rail, …

TCRP Report 174: Improving Safety Culture in Public Transportation

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TRB’s Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Report 174: Improving Safety Culture in Public Transportation presents research on the definition of safety culture within public transportation, presents methods and tools for assessing safety culture, and provides strategies and guidelines that public …

Fatigue Evaluation of the Increased Weight Limit on Transit Railway Bridges

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The Mineta Transportation Institute has released a report that introduces an approach to ascertaining the remaining fatigue life of steel railway bridges, including the extent to which heavy freight cars affect critical locations near bridge supports. View Report

Impaired Vigilance and Increased Accident Rate in Public Transport Operators in Associated with Sleep Disorders

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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 …

Assessment of Surface Transportation Security Training Needs and Delivery Preferences

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Journal of Public Transportation Article in Volume 14, Issue 4 (2011) by Karen W. Lowrie, Judy A. Shaw, and Michael R. Greenberg America’s surface transportation system features long and inter-connected routes and open access to stations and vehicles, making the system vulnerable …