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When Creating A Transit Safety App, Ease of Use is Key

| April 27, 2016

Nowadays, there’s an app for everything. Very few of those apps can turn an everyday transit rider into a hero who summons help for a person in distress. A routine ride on your transit system can be suddenly disrupted if you witness an assault, a crime in progress or a medical emergency. That is why apps designed for public safety must take all imaginable scenarios into consideration.

GPS paying off in Edmonton during snow storms, emergencies

Management & Operations| December 17, 2015

Staff in the main control room can now see exactly how many passengers have boarded a specific bus, can take over on-board cameras in an emergency and can redirect empty buses to fill service gaps when buses are running behind.

Security and Safety | July 29, 2015

D.C. Metro working on deal with wireless carriers to end tunnel dead spots

The lack of cell phone coverage was exposed most recently after the Jan. 12 smoke incident at L’Enfant Plaza when passengers aboard Yellow Line train No. 302 struggled to connect to 911 as smoke filled the railcars just a few hundred feet south of the station platform.

Security and Safety | July 21, 2015

D.C. Metro announces new, fire liaison post at its Rail Control Center

This addition will provide a uniformed fire officer in the “nerve center” of the Metrorail system 40 hours a week to help coordinate emergency communication between Metro and first responders.

June 24, 2015

[Blog] Keeping the Rails Running in Time of Tragedy

In times of disaster or tragedy, public transit agencies are frequently called upon to assist their communities and other transportation organizations. In case of fire, evacuation or accident, buses may be used to shelter or transport the displaced or injured, or serve as a respite site for first responders.

Government Issues| May 22, 2015

Amtrak ordered to control Northeast Corridor train speed

The order is the latest in a series of actions the FRA has taken in the wake of last week’s derailment of Amtrak Train #188.

Security and Safety | May 19, 2015

Amtrak ordered to improve safety along NEC route, seeks PTC approval

The passenger rail operator is seeking expedited FCC approval to equip the site of the Philadelphia dertailment with positive train control technology.

Security and Safety | March 27, 2015

D.C. Metro videos show safety preparedness for smoke, fire on train

The 60-second videos, available in English and Spanish, will be aired on local television stations as Public Service Announcements. In addition, Metro has purchased paid advertising time to maximize awareness. The ads will begin airing next week.

Bus| November 19, 2014

N.Y. MTA activates winter operations plan

The plan, which affects NYCT subways, buses and the Staten Island Railway, is updated and put into effect in mid-November each year in an effort to anticipate the effect of inclement weather on service.
October 29, 2014

Emergency Plans: How Transit Prepares for the Worst

What constitutes a “normal” day in the transit industry? In an instant, regular service can be halted due to an accident, fire or unattended package. In most cases, these incidents are quickly resolved and routine operations are restored after minor disruption, but there is always a chance that a situation can escalate into a large-scale event, requiring the response of a transit agency’s emergency and operations personnel, working alongside a community’s first responder units.

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