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FRA proposes emergency reporting system requirement

Rail| March 3, 2011
Proposal would require railroads to post a toll-free telephone number and the DOT’s National Crossing Inventory identification number at every highway-rail crossing and explicitly authorized pathway grade crossing.

TriMet pilots audible pedestrian warning system

Bus| March 2, 2011
Equipped 10 buses with an external audible warning system that announces in English and in Spanish when a bus is turning. The test will help the agency determine if an automatic audible warning will make it safer for those near a turning bus.
Rail| February 7, 2011

Feds award $50K to address PTSD in train crews

The funding will enable the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to create a program that will alleviate the onset and development of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Acute Distress Disorder in train crews and other railroad workers.
Accessibility| February 3, 2011

NTSB to host family assistance conference

Event will offer perspectives on lessons learned in providing family assistance following transportation accidents in an international context.
Motorcoach| January 31, 2011

FMCSA proposes requirement for electronic on-board recorders

Rule would require interstate commercial truck and bus companies to install electronic on-board recorders to monitor their drivers' hours-of-service (HOS) compliance. The requirement also would relieve interstate motor carriers from retaining certain HOS supporting documents, such as delivery and toll receipts.
Bus| January 28, 2011

NTSB: Accidents show need for new safety culture perspective

Chairman Hersman discussed four investigations across all modes of transportation, highlighting several accidents that claimed the lives of dozens and encouraged attendees to embrace lessons learned to prevent future accidents.
Accessibility| January 26, 2011

NTSB chief to speak at TRB Annual Meeting

Deborah A. P. Hersman, who is expected to share her perspective on transportation safety for all modes, is the twelfth Chairman of the NTSB, an independent federal agency charged with determining the probable cause of transportation accidents, promoting safety, and assisting victims of transportation accidents and their families.
Accessibility| January 26, 2011

SmartDrive to equip Ride Right with safety program

Uses in-vehicle recorders to capture detailed video and vehicle data during sudden stops, swerves, collisions and other events. Captured data is sent to professional safety reviewers who evaluate the events. Fleet managers then use these results to improve fleet performance and overall driving safety.
Rail| January 24, 2011

FRA continues effort to improve safety at rail crossings

Prevention strategies include expanded educational outreach through OLI and the development of community action plans in concert with greater law enforcement action. Recommendations for railroad station safety include providing audible and visual warnings of approaching trains, station and platform structural improvements and, where feasible, fences to prohibit access to railroad tracks.
Bus| January 24, 2011

LaHood reaffirms distracted driving commitment

Joined by family members of distracted driving victims, including FocusDriven President Jennifer Smith, and representatives from Safeway and the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety, Secretary LaHood unveiled a number of new public education initiatives and discussed the important leadership role businesses play in promoting safe driving behavior.

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