This topic builds on the conversations, training sessions, and follow-ups I have had the pleasure of being part of throughout my 23 years utilizing bus simulator supplemental training.
Dan Pulskamp, VP of Transit Bus and Rail at Safe Fleet, shared how the company’s new ClearLane system can create a positive impact in cities across the U.S.
Many things are changing in our industry and surely there is more to come. One thing that should never change is the need for a well-trained new bus operator candidate and having training programs in place to discourage operators from seeking other employment.
Until this is the norm, confusion, frustration, and discouragement will set in and compromise the best efforts of a new candidate.
The importance of a solid instructional staff should not be taken lightly. A weak, inconsistent instructor will produce a weak, inconsistent student.
The servicing of several types of bus stops, in particular their locations, presents unique challenges involving the safe boarding and alighting process of customers.
Have you ever found yourself nearing the end of your training day and realized you may not have ample time left ...
I will be touching on the importance of proper documentation with regard to the basic skills performance of the student bus operator on the training bus.
A well thought out flow of what curriculum should be introduced, as well as its level of difficulty for each day, will easily begin to determine those students that are standing out from their peers as either progressing favorably or lagging behind the other training bus students.
Soon after reaching my 20th year in the transit industry, back in 1993, after a draining day of addressing routine bus issues, I would cross paths with another employee, who I always remember, seemed to be quietly “doing his own little daily gig.”
Diagnose, Prescribe & Follow-Up, are the usual doctor’s actions that are utilized when visiting the doctor’s office for whatever is ailing us. This formula should also apply within your training department with regard to the ailment of Bus Collisions.
I recently attended, and had the opportunity to be part of a panel of speakers, at the NYC MTA Bus Safety Symposium. A variety of topics were discussed regarding bus and pedestrian safety issues. What was obvious is we all have a common goal to provide the safest transit systems possible, in spite of the possibility of increasing bus/pedestrian and bus/cyclist collisions.
I have had it with the never-ending meeting of the minds on the predominant causes of left-turn bus-pedestrian collisions. This whole issue is getting obscured with presentations that slice and dice every possible cause of these incidents into a collection of symbols, numbers and formulas. Please stop.
As we all have experienced, chatter regarding topics other than performance-based basic skill development, such as current events, sports or one’s families, will develop onboard and can break the tension that candidates are experiencing in attempting to do their best. This tension breaker may do good for them, but this should occur during non-development drive time.
When official-plated transit authority vehicles were scarce and basically reserved for those in upper management to go about their daily business to and from meetings, etc..., road control would be the responsibility of the “fixed-post foot dispatcher.” Not all of these positions have been eliminated, but I wonder if any readers remember the stability and sense of control that was present while the foot dispatcher was on post?