To improve mass transportation, UMTA tasked the Transportation Systems Center (TSC) to assess the overall fire threat in transit systems and to identify and recommend suitable remedial actions. This report presents the identification of the fire threat in urban transit vehicles. The study is based on site visits/surveys to nine representative U.S. transit properties, namely: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA); Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART); New York City Transit Authority (NYCTA); San Francisco Municipal Railway (MUNI); Southern California Rapid Transit District (RTD-Los Angeles); Denver Rapid Transit District (RTD-Denver); Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA); Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA); and Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). The data collected from the nine transit properties represented all bus and rail rapid transit fire and smoke incidents which occurred at those transit properties during the calendar year 1978. Data was obtained from daily logs, operator reports, accident reports, police reports, and maintenance reports. These data are supplemented by fault tree diagrams and scenarios in identification of the fire threat. These are based on actual transportation fire and smoke incidents in TSC files, data analysis, interviews with transit personnel, and the use of maintenance manuals. Following a description of the TSC data acquisition methodology, the data are analyzed and discussed along with the relationship of the fault trees and scenarios to the identification of countermeasures.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Transportation Systems Center

    55 Broadway, Kendall Square
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02142

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Hathaway, W T
    • FLORES, A L
  • Publication Date: 1980-6

Media Info

  • Pagination: 109 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00326035
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT-TSC-UMTA-80-8 Final Rpt., UMTA-MA-06-0051-80-1
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-MA-06-0051
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 19 1981 12:00AM