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Evaluation of Rear-end Bus Collisions and Identification of Possible Solutions

(Center Identification Number: 77955) The purpose of this project was to conduct a systematic study of rear-end collisions between motorists and public transit buses. We examined both cases in which the vehicle rear-ended the bus (rear-ended collision) and in which the bus rear-ended the vehicle (rear-ending collision); the term rear-end collision includes both types of collision. The project had the following objectives: Determine if rear-end collisions are increasing Conduct an assessment to ascertain the prevalence of rear-end collisions Identify conditions that exist when rear-end collisions occur Identify mitigation strategies for agencies that have identified rear-end collisions as a major issue Assess impact of Yield to Bus and pull-out bays on rear-end collisions, and Identify solutions and/or strategies to reduce rear-end collisions. Download the final report. For more information, contact William Morris at wpmorris@cutr.usf.edu or Christopher DeAnnuntis at deannuntis@cutr.usf.edu. … Read entire article »

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Evaluation of Rear-End Bus Collisions and Identification of Possible Solutions

(Center Identification Number: 77955-00) Principal Investigators: William P. Morris, Senior Research Associate National Center for Transit Research (NCTR) at the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) University of South Florida 4202 E. Fowler Avenue, CUT 100 Tampa, Florida  33620-5375 813-974-9787 Christopher P. DeAnnuntis, Senior Research Associate National Center for Transit Research (NCTR) at the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) University of South Florida 4202 E. Fowler Avenue, CUT 100 Tampa, Florida  33620-5375 813-974-9823 Project Manager: Robert Westbrook, Operations Administrator Office of Public Transportation Florida Department of Transportation 605 Suwannee Street, MS 26 Tallahassee, Florida 32399 850-414-4533 robert.westbrook@dot.state.fl.us Background Statement Safety of all transportation modes and systems is a priority and a major focus area for the Florida Department of Transportation.  In public transportation, there are specific requirements transit agencies must follow to ensure the safety of their operations, most significant is the System Safety Program Plan (SSPP).  FDOT monitors SSPPs on a regular basis … Read entire article »

Filed under: Project Scopes, Research in Progress

The Impact of Bus Door Crowding on Operations and Safety

Journal of Public Transportation Article in Volume 15, Issue 2 (2012) by Donald Katz and Laurie A. Garrow … Read entire article »

Filed under: Journal of Public Transportation Abstracts

Recommendations for Yield-to-Bus Traffic Control Devices and Bus Pullout Bays Design Characteristics

(Center Identification Number: 77939) To facilitate compliance with Florida’s Yield to Bus (YTB) law, this project focuses on the following objectives: •Identify the critical design features and prevailing conditions affecting the safety of the merging maneuvers of buses entering traffic from bus pullout bays. •Quantify the potential safety and operational effects of implementing traffic control devices, which can include, but are not limited to, signs (both static and dynamic messages), beacons, and pavement markings considering geometric characteristic of bus bays. •Provide recommendations on the type(s) of YTB traffic control devices to be installed on the SHS. … Read entire article »

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Forecasting Paratransit Services Demand – Review and Recommendations

(Center Identification Number: 77938) This research will assess the current Florida and national methodologies and techniques being utilized, document best practices, and identify new analytical tools for forecasting the demand for transportation disadvantaged services. This research will result in the development of an updated “Methodology Guidelines for Forecasting TD Transportation Demand Estimation” for Florida’s paratransit market segments: •Florida CTD transportation disadvantaged services, including both “sponsored” and “non-sponsored” •Fixed route complementary ADA paratransit services •Other non-TD/non-ADA markets such as seniors … Read entire article »

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