Security and Safety

Cleveland RTA's bus system receives APTA's Gold Safety Award

Posted on April 12, 2018

RTA reduced the number of claims and events by approximately 49% since 2014.
GCRTA
RTA reduced the number of claims and events by approximately 49% since 2014.
GCRTA

The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) has been awarded the Gold Award for Bus Safety from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).

RTA, which is among the nation’s largest transit systems, will be presented with the honor for its achievements in safety, security, and operations in May at the APTA Bus and Paratransit Conference in Tampa, Fla.

“We’re consistently seeing improvements in safety, and every month we’re meeting and exceeding team goals, including the reduction of on-the-job injuries and preventable collisions,” said RTA CEO/GM Joe Calabrese. “It’s a very positive trend, and our customers are well-served when we achieve such outstanding safety standards,” Calabrese said.

RTA received the Gold Award in part for its adoption of Safety Management Systems (SMS) principles, said RTA’s Director of Safety Richard Czeck.

“SMS relies on data to understand emerging risk. It’s our agency-wide approach to managing safety. From the CEO on down, we’re committed to using data in a proactive manner,” he said.

RTA is one of the first transit systems in the country to adopt SMS, Czeck said. He works with various departments, including operations, planning, and training, to gather critical data to identify emerging risks.

“It’s scalable, and often times it can be done with little cost, but it yields big results,” he said. “Communication between departments, as well as external stakeholders, provides the necessary data,” he said.

RTA reduced the number of claims and events by approximately 49% since 2014.

In 2017, RTA was awarded the APTA Certificate of Merit for Safety for its bus and rail operations and service.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Metra marks completion of major PTC milestone

Chicago is the most complex railroad network in the country, with 1,300 to 1,400 trains operating over multiple railroads every day.

L.A. Metro releases new 'Metro Manners' etiquette campaign videos

The campaign features Super Kind, a pop star super hero who battles a monster named Rude Dude who blatantly violates etiquette rules on Metro’s transit system.

FRA makes $46M available for PTC work

The NOFO represents the balance of the $250 million Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements Program funds available. 

NJ Transit begins 4-month shutdown of line for PTC repairs

Expanded local and express bus service is being offered for Atlantic City Rail Line user until service returns in January.

Illinois, Tennessee obtain FTA safety oversight certification

States must receive FTA certification by April 15, 2019 or new federal transit funds cannot be awarded.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation