Rail Transit Agency Accident Investigations—Background Research

As part of the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA’s) effort to promote continuous safety improvement in the public transit industry, Effective Practices in Performing Rail Transit Agency Accident Investigations were developed to provide public transit agencies that provide rail services practices for performing investigations. This supporting document provides a comprehensive examination of each Safety Management System (SMS) element to broaden the reader’s understanding of how each component complements the others. The recommended practices emphasized through the background research are not intended to be prescriptive in nature. Each public transit agency is responsible for tailoring its event investigation processes to its unique operating environment, the complexity of the operation, and the transit modes provided. These locally-developed processes should correspond to a transit agency’s existing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) or emergency plan.

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    K&J Safety and Security Consulting Services

    Cantonment, FL  United States 

    University of South Florida, Tampa

    Center for Urban Transportation Research
    Tampa, FL  United States 

    Federal Transit Administration

    Office of Research, Demonstration and Innovation
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Tucci, Jim
    • Dougherty, Jim
    • Lavin, Pat
    • Staes, Lisa
  • Publication Date: 2022-6


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 192p

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  • Accession Number: 01851478
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 0221
  • Created Date: Jul 18 2022 9:25AM