Develop and Maintain Transit Standards

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is providing assistance to the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) in developing, implementing, and maintaining transit standards, some of which will enable communities across the country to buy safer, more accessible buses and rail cars at a better price. The funds provided will support activities by APTA and the U.S. public transportation industry to develop important standards that will improve the efficiency, safety, productivity, accessibility, and quality of American transit systems. Since 2006, FTA has provided more than $3 million for public transit standards development. Some of the specific standards to be developed for rail include emergency vehicle features and transit roadway worker protection. For buses, APTA will develop standards for maintenance facility design, in-plant inspections, and bus rapid transit operating practices and design guidelines. Standards for bus and rail vehicle procurement, accessibility, urban design, information technology, and multimodal performance will also be developed. The Federal Government, transit agencies, and professional and trade associations have recognized that transit standards are an important management tool to minimize capital and operating costs, promote interoperability, increase transit system safety and performance, and improve customer convenience, as well as promote international trade opportunities for American transit products and services.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Program Information: National Research Program, National Research Program Information: National Research Program, National Research, Standards Development


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  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Robinson, Bruce

    Centolanzi, Patrick

  • Performing Organizations:

    American Public Transportation Association

    1666 K Street, NW, Suite 1100
    Washington, DC  United States  20006
  • Principal Investigators:

    Hiott, Jeffrey

  • Start Date: 20080401
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20090930
  • Source Data: RiP Project 21505

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01490069
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: DC-26-7257-02
  • Files: RiP
  • Created Date: Aug 17 2013 1:01AM