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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...

Operator training: Mastering right turns

Among the most difficult tasks for a new student bus operator to perform on the training bus is a “right turn into a bus stop.” On a scale of one to five, with...

Bus simulation, ensuring its proper place in a training curriculum

This topic builds on conversations I had with a variety of training professionals throughout 2013, so I hope this information helps those who were interested to...

'Rock & Roll' for bus operators

Transit has its own version of Rock & Roll. I once read someone’s comment that, in the case of a bus operator, ‘Rocking & Rolling’ in the seat should not occur...

Are ‘Automatics’ a part of your bus operator training program?

Curb jumping. Heavy braking. Excessive speed. Dangerous action. These words are sometimes utilized and documented by training bus instructors when evaluating a...

Finalizing bus stop placement

In my last blog we discussed bus stop placement pros and cons. Last week I received an email regarding mid-block bus stops and how to make these stops as safe...

Bus Stop Placement, Pros and Cons

While at the coffee bar, I was approached by a transit professional who asked where I thought it was safer to place bus stops, at the nearside or farside of an...

In the still of the night

Greetings! I would like to answer the following question sent to me and thank the transit professional for doing so: "Just this week, we have had three bus...

Obtaining benefits with bus simulator supplemental training

Understanding how to blend simulator supplemental training into an existing training curriculum will most definitely lead to favorable results and positive...

Urban and rural transit, different yet similar

National RTAP and its partner organizations, the FTA and the National Tribal Transit Association, will sponsor a national conference on March 18 to 21, 2012 at...

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