Archive for the FY 2013 Final Reports Category

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

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Analysis of Transit Contracting Models and Proper Incentives for Long-Term Success

(Center Identification Number: 77952) As transit systems are being challenged to operate in the most cost-effective manner, and budgets are being tightened and demand for services increases, there has been renewed interest in the area of contracting for fixed route service in the United States (U.S.). Researchers

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Bus Operator Safety – Critical Issues Examination and Model Practices

(Center Identification Number: 77953) In this study, researchers at the National Center for Transit Research performed a multi-topic comprehensive examination of bus operator-related critical safety and personal security issues. The goals of this research effort were to: Identify and discuss the organizational reporting structure related to safety

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Improving the Cost Effectiveness of Financial Incentives in Managing Travel Demand Management (TDM)

(Center Identification Number: 77947) Providing financial incentives to commuters to use alternative modes is a common element of managing transportation demand. Although these incentives have become common during the past two decades as elements of transportation demand management (TDM) programs, limited effort has been made to understand

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Improved Traffic Control Measures to Prevent Incorrect Turns at Highway-Rail Grade Crossings

(Center Identification Number: 77950) A number of injuries and fatal collisions have occurred at certain highway-rail grade crossings that are located immediately adjacent to highway intersections, driveways or interstate ramps. Some guide signage, pavement markings, and other traffic control devices present near or at the crossings in

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