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How Transit Facility Design Empowers Employees, Supports Active Lifestyles

| April 20, 2016

Most transit facilities have a break room for operators to use between shifts — typically an artificially lit space with a TV, vending machines, and cafeteria-style tables and chairs. The trouble is, every person has a different way of relaxing. Besides exposure to daylight and nature, key components of wellbeing are social cohesion and a sense of empowerment. The key here then is to empower employees to choose the best way to relieve their own stress around shifts.

Pittsburgh bus driver denies racing was cause of accident

Security and Safety | April 15, 2016

While on trial for criminal charges, the driver, Juliann Maier, who suffered a broken pelvis, four broken ribs and lost her job, said that she “couldn’t control the steering” of her bus because of a mechanical problem.

Management & Operations| April 4, 2016

Handling New Hires with Prior Driving Experience

One topic I have heard discussed in some circles is regarding the amount of training to administer to new-hire candidates that bring some past driving experience with transport vehicles (paratransit, shuttle, etc.).

Security and Safety | March 24, 2016

Report: Hampton Roads Transit operators assaulted 96 times in 32 months

The agency has convinced the area's legislators to sign a letter asking Commonwealth's Attorneys to seek jail time when operators are assaulted.

March 23, 2016

Cultivating the mindful bus driver

Thinking of the situation in terms of “who should yield” will lead operators to a less aggressive mindset. Once we get our operators to think in terms of “who should yield,” the logical follow up question to ask is “will they yield?” Once operators start looking at situations with a “yield” attitude, it becomes easier to recognize situations, which may result in preventable crashes.

Bus| January 26, 2016

'Off route' Calif. bus driver runs double-decker into bridge

According to the agency transit manager, the driver “got off route” and drove under the bridge, though why is still under investigation. The bus was out-of-service and had no passengers at the time.

University| January 25, 2016

U. of Nebraska-Lincoln policy prohibits electronic device use while driving

New distracted driving policy prohibits drivers from “creating, sending or reviewing text messages or email, accessing the Internet for any purpose, electronic gaming and reading any printed material on an electronic device or in paper form while operating a university motor vehicle.

Security and Safety | January 21, 2016

Seattle man arrested for assaulting King County bus driver

A preliminary investigation found that the suspect was disruptive on the bus, yelling and cursing, while the driver was very professional and politely asked the man to calm down or he would have to get off the bus.

Security and Safety | January 14, 2016

AngelTrax debuts new driver behavior feature for MotoTrax

With instant alerts, advanced scoring algorithms and easy-to-read comparison charts, the Driver Behavior feature delivers critical information in a user-friendly interface.

Security and Safety | December 18, 2015

Houston Metro campaign to fight back against bus operator assaults

The campaign, including signs and posters that say “Respect is Mutual,” follows a 73% increase in assaults on operators this year compared to 2014.

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