Safety Management in European LRT Systems: Some Tools for Collecting and Using Accident Data

The TU1103 Action funded by European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) aimed at contributing to improve tramway safety through the management of data collection and the design of tram insertion into urban space. It has shown that across all the countries involved exists a great diversity of light rail transit (LRT) systems and safety management mechanisms. Despite this diversity, a consensus was reached about some conclusions regarding the nature of safety issues, the need for relevant information, and the operator’s essential role. This has enabled researchers to lay out some practical recommendations. The advantages and constraints of national databases have been listed, and some other sources of relevant information have been identified to complement them. In any kind of organization and at any level of importance given to safety, the existence and quality of data remains a crucial pillar, and the operator is the core actor in the collection and use of information. Regarding data collection, an ideal accident report was elaborated, both to propose the relevant data considered necessary to get a good understanding of accidents and to aim at a sufficient quality of information, while considering the practical conditions of data collection in a realistic way. Regarding indicators, it is essential to set up clear definitions and methods of calculation, and moreover to use figures in a context-related way. The aim is not to compare one line or network with another but to identify trends in order to assess measures and policies; an interesting output of data use is identification of hotspots on networks.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 151-167
  • Monograph Title: 13th National Light Rail and Streetcar Conference: Transforming Urban Areas
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  • Accession Number: 01672059
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780309450591
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jun 14 2018 3:41PM