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AI, analytics key to mobile-friendly apps that correct bad driving habits

Security and Safety | May 21, 2018

MARTA is launching a study measuring the impact technology such as Predictive Coach can have on transit drivers.

The Challenge of Reporting Near-Miss Bus Operation Incidents

| March 15, 2017

Nobody questions the value of reviewing vehicle “near-miss” incidents; however, there are plenty of skeptics out there harboring doubts that bus operators will actually report themselves committing unsafe acts. Often, when the subject of self-reporting is being discussed, it is greeted by swells of suppressed laughter by those familiar with human nature.

February 8, 2017

Training Bus Skill Development...Lengthy, Costly, and Risky

A well thought out flow of what curriculum should be introduced, as well as its level of difficulty for each day, will easily begin to determine those students that are standing out from their peers as either progressing favorably or lagging behind the other training bus students.

November 16, 2016

Tips for Training Bus Instructors and Remembering an Old Friend

Soon after reaching my 20th year in the transit industry, back in 1993, after a draining day of addressing routine bus issues, I would cross paths with another employee, who I always remember, seemed to be quietly “doing his own little daily gig.”

November 11, 2015

How Effective Scanning Helps Bus Operators See Potential Driving Hazards

The world is a very busy place. We rely on our eyes to provide us with information that will keep us from harm as we operate our vehicles. It is difficult to over-emphasize the importance of effective scanning in order to recognize potential hazards early enough so appropriate action can be taken to avoid conflict. As a result, we spend a lot of time advising operators how often they should scan their mirrors, where to look for hazards, and how to bring objects into view that may be temporarily obstructed, and so on.

February 4, 2015

Simple, Effective Measures to Reduce Bus Collisions at Your Agency

Are you getting frustrated because — in spite of what you’re doing — collisions are not dropping at your agency? With just a few tweaks, you can make a difference. If you are a chief training officer, training director, instructor or equivalent at your agency, then this message is for you.

June 5, 2014

Keeping your drivers on the bus from ‘hire to retire’

All too often what was taught during the initial training period can get diluted by what other operators may be saying or doing. Well-meaning veterans sometimes offer advice in an effort to “help” new operators that might be inconsistent with what was just taught to them on the training bus. Would you even recognize your past students by their driving performance? Do they resemble the student that you personally qualified into passenger service?

April 3, 2014

Driver training: Avoid confusion between basic skills and route instruction

The "Training Bus Instructor" (TBI) spends hours diligently working with a new hire candidate to provide basic skills training. Through this process, the required skills and knowledge successfully transfers to the student operator and they are released to a "Route Familiarization Operator" (RFO) that will help them learn the routes.
Accessibility| May 13, 2013

National Express wins APTA safety award

Recognized for their commitment to safety and for the implementation of the Smith System to improve upon the quality of their overall safety action plan.
Bus| August 10, 2012

MBTA driver charged for hitting meter maid with bus

Meter maid claims she stepped out of her vehicle to place a parking ticket on the bus’ windshield that the driver had refused to accept in hand, when the bus surged forward. The driver, a 10-year veteran of the MBTA, was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and operating to endanger.
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