ASSESSMENT OF CURRENT U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION FIRE SAFETY EFFORTS

The Urban Mass Transportation Administration (UMTA), has undertaken the task of assessing the entire area of fire research to determine how to provide means to reduce the fire threat in transit systems, and thus, to provide a safer means of transportation for the traveling and commuting public. This report presents the results of that assessment by the Transportation System Center (TSC). The study identifies and recommends suitable remedial actions and reflects the present state of transportation fire safety efforts. Emphasis has been placed on Federal Government efforts, and particularly those by the Department of Transportation (DOT). Although the assigned task is directed at fire safety in transit systems, the assessment encompasses all transportation-related fire safety. The intent of this approach has been to emphasize the similarities which exist among the problems and in the programs of the modes. In many instances, the programs of one mode will benefit one or more of the other modes. In conducting this assessment, TSC has reviewed and incorporated into this report the pertinent information resulting from the following efforts: 1) a search and review of public and private sector programs; 2) identification and review of existing data banks (materials and accident statistics); and 3) identification and review of existing regulations, standards, specifications, and guidelines. Each of these efforts is discussed in detail in the report, and where necessary, in Appendix A: Bibliography of Fire Safety Literature and Appendix B: Survey of Dot Fire Safety Products. /UMTA/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Transportation Systems Center

    55 Broadway, Kendall Square
    Cambridge, MA  USA  02142

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  USA  20590
  • Authors:
    • Hathaway, W T
    • Litant, I
  • Publication Date: 1979-7

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices;
  • Pagination: 144 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00302011
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-MA-06-0051-79-4Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: MA-06-0051
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 19 1981 12:00AM