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FRA continues effort to improve safety at rail crossings

Rail| January 24, 2011
Prevention strategies include expanded educational outreach through OLI and the development of community action plans in concert with greater law enforcement action. Recommendations for railroad station safety include providing audible and visual warnings of approaching trains, station and platform structural improvements and, where feasible, fences to prohibit access to railroad tracks.

LaHood reaffirms distracted driving commitment

Bus| January 24, 2011
Joined by family members of distracted driving victims, including FocusDriven President Jennifer Smith, and representatives from Safeway and the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety, Secretary LaHood unveiled a number of new public education initiatives and discussed the important leadership role businesses play in promoting safe driving behavior.
Accessibility| January 18, 2011

Simulator is invaluable tool for Va.'s Blacksburg Transit

The customizable simulator creates lifelike situations to help drivers get experience they normally wouldn't have. For instance, drivers trained in the summer time can still get experience driving in snow and ice.
Motorcoach| January 18, 2011

MCI sets 2011 technical training schedule

Offered free to operators at MCI's Louisville Training Center, the onsite Technical Tune-Up sessions are designed to maximize maintenance skills for the highest up-time and utilization on all current-production models.
Accessibility| January 18, 2011

Study: Transit drivers involved in collisions twice as likely to use phone while driving

While handheld cell use is the most commonly identified risky distraction, eating and/or drinking while driving is not far behind. In fact, drivers involved in one or more collisions are 1.8 times more likely to regularly eat or drink while driving.
Rail| January 14, 2011

Operation Lifesaver launches Chicago safety campaign

The television safety campaign, targeting 18 to 34 year olds and Hispanic viewers, is aimed at preventing vehicle-train tragedies in the Chicago area, where crossing incidents increased in 2010.
Bus| January 13, 2011

D.C. Metro to preserve service without fare hikes

The $1.4 billion operating budget for Fiscal Year 2012 maintains the current level of rail, bus and paratransit services. The agency is doing more, while becoming more resource efficient. More than 91 cents of every Metro operating dollar directly funds core services, with only 9 cents funding support functions.
Motorcoach| January 13, 2011

NHTSA issues new ejection mitigation rule

Vehicle manufacturers must develop a countermeasure for light passenger vehicles under 10,000 lbs. that prevents the equivalent of an unbelted adult from moving more than 4 inches past the side window opening in the event of a crash. The new standard will begin phasing in during 2013.
Accessibility| January 11, 2011

N.Y. MTA taps new head of security

Douglas Zeigler, a 37-year veteran of the New York City Police Department, will oversee security for the MTA, including coordinating MTA security efforts with the Department of Homeland Security; FBI; the National Guard; the NYPD and State Police, and the MTA Police Department.
January 6, 2011

Sharing information for the good of safe operations

I have taken much pleasure during my 33 years in transit to see the unselfish sharing among transit training professionals. There are many opportunities each year to be part of this information sharing/gathering. You can start by researching the various industry conferences, workshops, etc. — a couple of great ones are listed below — and attending them.

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