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Strategies to Prevent, Reduce and Mitigate Bus Collisions – Scope

(Center Identification Number: 71589-00)

Principal Investigators

Robert J. Gregg, Program Director
Transit Management, and Innovation
Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR)
University of South Florida
4202 E. Fowler Avenue. CUT 100
Tampa, Florida 33620-5375
813-974-8383
gregg@cutr.usf.edu

William Morris, Senior Research Associate
Transit Management and Innovation
Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR)
University of South Florida
4202 E. Fowler Avenue. CUT 100
Tampa, Florida 33620-5375
813-974-6804
wpmorris@cutr.usf.edu

Project Scope

In March 2014, the National Center for Transit Research (NCTR), on behalf of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) completed a study entitled, “Evaluation of Rear-end Bus Collisions and Identification of Possible Solutions.”  The study concluded that Florida has a prevalence of rear-ended bus collisions that surpasses FTA Region 4, the United States plus Territories, and the six most populous states (California, New York, Texas, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Florida).  Many transit agencies in Florida have rates of rear-ended collisions that exceed Florida aggregate and the rest of the nation.  Based on consultation with transit agencies through the Florida Transit Safety Network (FTSN) and the Florida Operations Network (FON), strategies to reduce rear-ended collisions were found in operator training, collision documentation and reporting, post-collision investigation, risk management, technology, paint schemes and graphics, and motorist awareness campaigns.

While the study presented valuable insights from first-time collected data on conditions surrounding rear-ended collisions at LYNX and Broward County Transit, FDOT has requested that the next phase be broadened to examine all of the issues surrounding rear-ended and side impact collisions throughout the state.  For purposes of this study, Florida transit agencies have been divided into three groups:  large, medium and small transit systems as follows:

Tasks/Deliverables

Task 1 – Initial telephone interviews with transit agencies to identify policies, procedures and any associated strengths and/or areas of need for the following:

  • Collision documentation and reporting
  • Post-collision investigation
  • Risk Management
  • Training (both pre- and post-collision)
  • Use of technologies for signaling, warning, avoidance, etc.
  • Exterior vehicle equipment configurations, paint schemes and graphics

Task 2 – Identify 15 transit agencies for case study with data collection for all agency collisions, interviews with key personnel and any follow-up needed.

Task 3 – Synthesize results, provide conclusions and recommendations with definitive best practices, policies and procedures to reduce, mitigate and prevent rear-ended and side impact collisions.

Designated Personnel

Rob Gregg will serve as Principal Investigator and is the Program Director of Transit Management and Innovation at the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at the University of South Florida.

William Morris will serve as co-Principal Investigator and is a Senior Research Associate at the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at the University of South Florida.

Christopher P. DeAnnuntis is a Senior Research Associate, has over 26 years of transportation planning experience, twenty of which are specifically related to transit planning.

Holly Carapella, a Senior Research Associate at the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at the University of South Florida, has over fifteen years of representative experience in transportation and land use planning, capital programming, policy analysis and public involvement.

Jim Tucci will serve as subject area expert and is an affiliate faculty member at CUTR.  Mr. Tucci will provide technical expertise and guidance on bus collision investigation.

Melissa De Leon is a Research Support Specialist and has worked in the field of transportation for 12 years.

Project Schedule

It is anticipated that the research project outlined in the scope of work will be completed within eighteen (18) months.

Project Budget

$233,968

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  • Florida Department of Transportation
  • US Department of Transportation

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