Fire Materials Testing

As a result of the February 16, 1996 MARC commuter train accident, the National Transportation Safety Board recommended that DOT review the testing protocols regarding the flammability and the smoke emissions characteristics of interior materials and coordinate the development and implementation of standards for materials performance and testing with FRA and FTA. The purpose of this project is to enable FTA to update and develop fire safety standards for the performance and testing of interior materials for transit vehicles. It includes updating the FTA recommended fire safety practices for bus, van and rail transit materials selection. This project also supports the objective of the interagency Fire and Materials Working Group of the federal government to produce uniform guidelines for fire performance of materials under construction by government agencies and transportation providers. Use of these guidelines in the selection of materials for transit vehicles will reduce fire incidents and costly property damage and casualties.