Topic : health and wellness

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Noise levels during commutes could induce hearing loss, study says

Security and Safety | December 6, 2017

Bursts of loud noise on both public and private modes of transportation could place individuals at risk of noise-induced hearing loss.

Conn.'s rural residents die at higher rates due to poor access to healthcare

Accessibility| October 5, 2017

Rural areas have fewer doctors and public transportation is centered in more urban areas.

June 29, 2017

Addressing sleep apnea in public transit operations

Sleep apnea is a common disorder affecting nearly 12% of the U.S. population, in which airway blockages cause shortened breaths or pauses in breathing while one sleeps.

Government Issues| May 18, 2017

Higher mass transit use associated with lower obesity rates, study says

Researchers controlled for a number of factors that could influence health or transportation, such as household income, poverty rate, education level, leisure physical activity and access to health care.

Bus| January 5, 2017

Police stop NJ Transit bus after catching fire

The driver, who told police he was recently diagnosed with diabetes and hadn’t eaten all day, was conscious but unresponsive when the bus was stopped. 

Security and Safety | November 1, 2016

TTC warns suicide attempts on subway driving employee absenteeism

Toronto's auditor general found the TTC's paid sick leave costs increased to $33.9 million in 2015, an increase of some $1.2 million from the previous year.

Management & Operations| August 3, 2016

N.Y. Gov. directs MTA to aggressively combat Zika Virus in subways

Will deploy larvicide tablets to standing water within the subway system to decrease the prevalence of potential breeding grounds for the albopictus mosquito.

June 30, 2016

5 Transit Facility Design Elements to Boost Employee Health, Well-Being

Everyone needs to take a mental and physical break at some point in the workday, whether they’ve been concentrating on a computer screen, the road, or the underside of a bus, truck or train car. The tricky part for transit agencies is that each of these activities takes place in different surroundings, lighting conditions, room temperature and noise levels. With that in mind, consider the following factors in your facility design.

April 20, 2016

How Transit Facility Design Empowers Employees, Supports Active Lifestyles

Most transit facilities have a break room for operators to use between shifts — typically an artificially lit space with a TV, vending machines, and cafeteria-style tables and chairs. The trouble is, every person has a different way of relaxing. Besides exposure to daylight and nature, key components of wellbeing are social cohesion and a sense of empowerment. The key here then is to empower employees to choose the best way to relieve their own stress around shifts.

March 16, 2016

The Benefits of Taking a Leadership Role in Transit Workplace Well-Being

A health and wellness revolution is underway in America. Concurrently, there is a growing public health initiative to promote safer, more accessible recreation facilities and active transit options. Transit agencies are uniquely positioned in the overlap of these two movements. By promoting health and well-being, agencies have an opportunity to show leadership and innovation in a truly holistic approach to total worker health, while benefiting workforce productivity and happiness.

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