Synthesis of Information Related to Transit Practices. Topic SA-45. Current Practices in the Use of Collision Avoidance Systems and Driver Monitoring Systems in Transit Buses

In 2011 there were 3,260 collisions, 12,928 injuries, 92 fatalities, and $483,076,010 in casualty and liability expenses involving transit buses. One way to reduce these incidents is through the increased use of collision avoidance systems (CAS) (e.g., forward collision warning [FCW], mitigation braking, lane departure warning [LDW] and mitigation, electronic stability control [ESC], pedestrian detection systems, etc.). Another way to reduce incidents is by using driving monitoring systems (DMSs) to capture, identify, prioritize, and analyze causes of poor or risky driving prior to an incident occurring and allow for corrective actions on the part of the transit agency. This TCRP synthesis will document the current practice and usage of various collision avoidance systems and DMSs in transit buses. Transit agencies will be surveyed for their usage and experience with both of these technologies. In addition, the synthesis will survey transit agencies to assess reasons for implementing CAS/DMS systems, discussions of the deployment process, experiences with implementation and operation, and results of the systems (such as levels of usage, costs or cost savings, effectiveness, and other experiences with the specific technologies in use in transit bus operations. The practical delivery from this synthesis will be information that can assist transit organizations make an informed decision about which technologies to consider in their operations. Information gathered will include a literature review (e.g. agency reports, peer reviewed journal articles, web articles), the aforementioned survey on a broad range of North American transit agencies (diverse in terms of geography, socioeconomics, size, modes and governance) and 5 case examples that will gather information on the state-of-the-practice, emphasizing lessons learned, challenges, and gaps. The needs for future research should also be discussed.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $45000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project J-07, Topic SA-45

  • 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:

    Garcia-Colberg, Mariela

  • Start Date: 20180604
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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  • Accession Number: 01673590
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project J-07, Topic SA-45
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Jun 25 2018 3:03PM