Synthesis of Information Related to Transit Practices. Topic SA-45. Current Practices In The Use of Onboard Technologies to Prevent Transit Bus Incidents and Accidents

In 2016 there were 4,578 collisions, 16,920 injuries, 105 fatalities, and $701,113,017 in casualty and liability expenses involving transit buses. To improve safety, transit agencies have implemented onboard technologies to provide additional information to their operators and to mitigate collisions through automated responses. Technologies used to reduce accidents include but are not limited to: forward collision warning [FCW], mitigation or automated emergency braking, lane departure warning [LDW], electronic stability control [ESC], pedestrian and other vulnerable road user detection. This TCRP synthesis will document the current practice and usage of the various onboard technologies used in transit buses. The main objective is to identify the technologies used, and whether these technologies are effective in actual practice. Information gathered will include: reasons for and barriers to implementing technologies, the process of testing, evaluation and deployment, strategies for installation, implementation and operation, results of deployment (such as costs or cost savings, effectiveness, etc.), pros/cons of competing technologies, human factors including training and employee acceptance, other experiences with the specific technologies. 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 will be gathered by: (1) a literature review (e.g. agency reports, peer reviewed journal articles, web articles), (2) a survey on a broad range of North American transit agencies (diverse in terms of geography, socioeconomics, size, and all types of vehicles in transit revenue service), and (3) a minimum of 5 case examples that will gather information on the state-of-the-practice, emphasizing lessons learned, challenges and successes. In preparing case examples, consultant should consider vehicle and utilization types. 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

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of South Florida, Tampa

    Center for Urban Transportation Research
    3650 Spectrum Boulevard
    Tampa, FL  United States  33612-9446
  • Principal Investigators:

    Staes, Lisa

  • Start Date: 20180921
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • 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