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'Practical Drift' is Bus Safety's Silent Adversary

| August 16, 2017

Each year people are injured or killed in incidents where following a standard operating procedure (SOP) or using the available safety equipment could have prevented the injury or saved their life. Unfortunately, we are all prone toward a tendency to gradually drift away from the correct or proper way of doing things — the precise way we were taught to perform a job or function.

Amtrak taps AECOM to improve Penn Station passenger concourse

Rail| August 15, 2017

In partnership with Network Rail, they will conduct an independent review of the interaction, coordination, and collaboration between the railroads’ various passenger concourses within Penn Station and provide recommendations to improve the design, functionality, communications, and coordination at this critical station.

August 8, 2017

Caught on Tape: Transit Employees' ‘Heroic Acts’

For transit employees working with the public on a daily basis, no two shifts might be the same and each day can bring an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the customers we serve. Often, the acts go unnoticed, but for two SEPTA employees, their special acts — both coming within hours of each other — were caught on video.

Rail| August 7, 2017

FRA, FMCSA withdraw obstructive sleep apnea rulemaking

In their joint announcement, the two federal agencies said they'd encourage trucking and rail companies to voluntarily screen employees involved in safety-sensitive work, such as truck drivers and train engineers, for sleep apnea.

Security and Safety | August 3, 2017

Sacramento RT installs cameras at station after officer shooting

Deputy Alex Ladwig was shot June 27, allegedly by a man whom Ladwig had approached to check for his train ticket.

Technology| July 25, 2017

Siemens introduces new software for ‘talking’ traffic intersections

In the field, a controller can transmit information about a large number of vehicles to a controller at the next traffic signal. This allows extra green time for the group of cars to move through multiple intersections, making traffic more efficient for operators and the traveling public.

Rail| July 14, 2017

Breakdowns, staffing part of growing Miami Metrorail safety concerns

When state inspectors visited Miami-Dade in late 2016, they concluded the county needed 84 working Metrorail cars a day but that mechanical problems left only 72 that could be deployed for service. State inspectors returned in late June and found Miami-Dade’s daily goal was to have only 60 Metrorail cars in service.

Management & Operations| July 10, 2017

BART communication with public questioned after 2nd teen mob robbery

A board director said she plans to meet with BART’s police chief to find out what they are going to do about crime on the transit system, which has seen a surge in robberies this year.

Security and Safety | July 10, 2017

Audit launched to explore how federal PTC funds are being used

The latest data from the FRA shows some rail systems are still lagging, with the technology operational along 27% of freight-rail route miles and 23% of passenger-rail route miles, as of the first three months of this year.

June 14, 2017

Why Investing in 'Half Measures' When Hiring Frontline Employees Will Bring Public Transit to Its Knees

The public transit industry faces a severe human resources crisis... we began to focus on the science behind identifying and hiring more resilient human beings up front, in order to make it easier to build resilience and preparedness with employees once they are onboard.

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