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Bus operator perceptions of safety risks.
  • Published Date:
    2013-07-01
  • Language:
    English
Filetype[PDF-1.16 MB]


Details:
  • Corporate Creators:
    Portland State University. Center for Urban Studies
  • Report Number:
    OTREC-RR-13-09
  • Resource Type:
  • Geographical Coverage:
    Oregon
  • Corporate Publisher:
    Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium
  • NTL Classification:
    NTL-PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION-Bus TransportationNTL-PLANNING AND POLICY-Surveys ; NTL-SAFETY AND SECURITY-Transit Safety and Security ; NTL-SAFETY AND SECURITY-Human Factors ;
  • Format:
    PDF
  • Description:
    This paper presents the results of a survey of TriMet bus operators addressing safety risks in their assigned work. Surveyed risk factors

    were organized into five categories: vehicle design and condition; route layout; operating conditions; fatigue; and stress. Operators

    perceived fatigue and stress to be the greatest sources of safety risk, with split shifts, schedule pressures, passenger distractions, and

    negligence of other roadway users being the primary contributors to these conditions. Operators were also surveyed on the frequency

    and nature of “close calls,” with two-thirds of the operators indicating that such incidents occurred at least weekly and most often

    involved being cut off by other roadway users. Operators endorsed high visibility enforcement initiatives to improve safety, focusing

    primarily on negligent behavior. Other operator-recommended changes addressed scheduling practices and the need for more public

    information and outreach on safety risks.

  • Funding:
    2012-462
  • Supporting Files:
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