Synthesis of Information Related to Transit Problems. Topic SB-18. Strollers, Carts and Other Large Items on Buses and Trains

With a growing ridership, transit agencies face the increasing challenge of managing customers with strollers, carts, luggage and other large items currently allowed aboard buses and trains. Strollers can be particularly bulky and can block bus and train aisles and doorways. Competition already exists between the elderly, the disabled, and customers with strollers who use the priority seating area on both buses and trains. In addition to safety concerns, there are capacity problems when large items limit space for standing customers, as well as potential customer service and public perception challenges. A synthesis of transit practice is needed to report what, if any, dangers these large items pose to other customers; if children are safe in their strollers while on buses and trains; if children would be safer in strollers or on an adult's lap; and what other risks these items present on a transit system. Finally, it is of interest to identify any transit agency public outreach or information campaigns aimed at addressing large items such as strollers, carts, bikes and luggage. A literature review and survey of transit agencies will be provided to report on the permissibility of items such as strollers, carts, bikes and large luggage on bus and rail systems, including any restrictions such as requiring the folding of strollers and carts, size limitations, and rush hour or other time restrictions. The synthesis will also include information about safety-related incidents and injuries and customer complaints and related claims over time.


  • English


  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $35000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project J-07, Topic

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Transit Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Vlasak, Donna

  • Performing Organizations:

    Transportation Research Board

    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Start Date: 20090701
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 23017

Subject/Index Terms

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01462011
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project J-07, Topic
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:56PM