Assessing Lifecycle and Human Costs of Bus Operator Workstation Design and Components

The objective of this research is to assess bus operator workstation technologies that improve bus operator health and well-being and reduce external risk. This project will (1) develop and (2) demonstrate a user-friendly toolkit for evaluating equipment within the bus operator workstation. The research will supplement the work of TCRP Report 25 and TCRP Report 185, covering progress in the engineering of seats, steering, pedals, and controls where significant advances have been shown to reduce injuries, reduce costs, and improve safety performance. The toolkit will allow a user to (1) assess bus operator workstation options available and (2) calculate the effects of those options on driver safety and health, the effective work tenure of drivers, crash rates (e.g., visual obstructions such as pillar design and mirror placement), and costs over the lifetime of equipment (i.e., lifecycle costs).


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $250000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project G-17

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Transit Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001

    Federal Transit Administration

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

    Parker, Stephan

  • Performing Organizations:

    Pennsylvania State University, University Park

    Pennsylvania Transportation and Traffic Safety Center
    University Park, PA  United States  16802
  • Principal Investigators:

    Parkinson, Matthew

  • Start Date: 20180717
  • Expected Completion Date: 20200716
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 41373

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01622197
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project G-17
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Jan 7 2017 1:00AM