SAFETY IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
Safety is an important consideration in public transportation both economically in terms of equipment repair and medical costs, and psychologically in terms of public acceptance. Accidents result primarily from human failures, both of operating personnel and passengers. Less than ten per cent are due to equipment failure of abnormal conditions. Accidents are more likely where a roadway is shared. The calculation of accident seriousness is quite complicated. The numbers of injured, the gravity of the injuries, and the cost of the injuries are possible measures, expressed per passenger-trip, -hour or -kilometer. Figures also vary depending on whether or not suicide attempts and illnesses are counted. Safety regulations cover equipment, operations, personnel, and passengers, but are usually created in response to the occurrence of some accident, rather than as a result of foresight.
Secretary of State for Transportation, FranceLand Transportation Office, Economic Studies Group
- Publication Date: 1974-6
- Features: Tables;
- Pagination: 54 p.
- TRT Terms: Crash causes; Crash severity; Equipment replacement; Passenger miles; Public transit; Safety factors
- Subject Areas: Highways; Maintenance and Preservation; Public Transportation; Safety and Human Factors;
- Accession Number: 00072083
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: Transportation Systems Center
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Jun 10 1981 12:00AM