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January 6, 2011

Sharing information for the good of safe operations

by Louie Maiello - Also by this author

It's hard to believe that another year is upon us. I have already begun to plot out this year's transit events for sharing information associated with both bus operator and bus simulator training.

I have taken much pleasure during my 33 years in transit to see the unselfish sharing among transit training professionals. There are many opportunities each year to be part of this information sharing/gathering. You can start by researching the various industry conferences, workshops, etc. — a couple of great ones are listed below — and attending them. Many times, some suggestion or training strategy offered by one person in attendance is just the answer for someone who is trying to solve the same problem.

During the course of my presentations to large groups, I have come to believe that they are some of the most exciting and inspiring events for transferring critical information regarding bus operator training and safety. Large group presentations are an excellent time to unveil new training concepts and strategies. There is a distinct feel and energy to the room that cannot be duplicated in any other setting.

This year, I have the distinct honor of making presentations at two of the most prestigious transit events in the country — the National Transit Institute's Transit Trainers' Workshop in April, and the American Public Transportation Association Bus and Paratransit Conference in May.

My NTI presentation will outline how to infuse new operators with a solid core curriculum in under 13 hours, at a time when some agencies might be devoting 40-plus hours to this training.

This presentation defines a training process that starts — and stays — on the bus until students are able to demonstrate operational proficiency. The session concludes by examining the sudden rise in left side bus/pedestrian incidents and describes how proper training remains our best defense against this alarming trend. A highlight of these large group presentations is the encouragement of audience members to present their safety concerns.

The APTA presentation focuses on standardizing curriculum with specific criteria to increase your agency's efficiency. The lack of a standardized curriculum and a set time limit makes it impossible to determine whether the identical protocols and techniques being taught to all students and whether those students are learning the material.

If you are considering attending a conference or a workshop this year and interested in getting involved in the discussion on the above topics, please consider attending:

"Add Meaning to the Classroom - Begin on the Training Bus"

National Transit Institute - TTT Workshop

April 10-12, 2011 - Tampa, Fla.

"Increase Effectiveness with a Criterion-Based, Standardized Curriculum"

APTA - Bus & Paratransit Conference,

May 22 - 25, 2011 - Memphis

 

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  • Sherri Cadeaux[ January 7th, 2011 @ 11:09am ]

    MAX Transit is developing an electronic library on our state's Public Transit Association website (www.mptaonline.org) that will allow transit systems in the state to share and exchange information. This new "TransitSHARE" library will be functional by late February and is being introduced at our state's mid-year legislative conference in Lansing. We hope this will serve as a model for other states or even APTA to use as an online resource for transit systems.

  • Aimee Custis[ January 11th, 2011 @ 2:08pm ]

    The Transportation Learning Center, a non-profit based outside of Washington, D.C. which works with transit agencies and organized labor to create effective, innovative training opportunities for transit workers, is hosting its annual transit workforce development conference, Making Connections, on March 17. For more information on the conference and the Center's programs, check out http://transportcenter.org/community_transport/events_page/, or email acustis@transportcenter.org. Our staff is always seeking new partners in our work, and we hope to see some of you in March, or at industry events around the country!

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Louie Maiello

Louie Maeillo is a Sr. Consultant (Transit Training & Simulation), L-3 / DPA Independent Consultant, Bus Talk Surface Transit Solutions


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