Rail Rapid transit presently produces the lowest number of fatalities of any of the major passenger transportation modes. This report develops a program to identify what should be done to aid in assuring that rail rapid transit safety continues. All aspects of rail rapid transit safety are reviewed, hazards are identified, priorities established, and remedial actions recommended. Recommendations include: (1) an evaluation program for materials which utilizes new methods of computing and assessing risk in the areas of flammability, smoke and toxicity; (2) compilation and dissemination of procedures, techniques, and equipment used in the safe evacuation of rail rapid transit patrons; (3) an improvement study of fixed stairs in rail rapid transit facilities to determine whether significant reduction can be achieved in the number of patron falls; (4) a safety education plan to produce films for public education and use in primary schools; (5) work efforts in the development of fire detection and transit vehicle fire extinguishing equipment; (6) establishment of criteria for transparencies used for transit vehicles; (7) determination of hazards of power regeneration and the evolution of procedures to eliminate them; and (8) continuation and support of the Safety Advisory Board techniques for analyzing and assessing safety in rail rapid transit to help assure coordinated technical information input to transit safety development. A bibliography is furnished.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Sponsorship was by the Urban Mass Transportation Administration, DOT. See also Safety Priorities in Rail Rapied Transit. Volume 2-Exhibits. Paper copy also available in set of 2 reports as PB-242 952-SET, PC $11.00.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Transit Development Corporation, Incorporated

    1730 M Street, NW, Suite 911
    Washington, DC  United States  20036

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Connell, W M
  • Publication Date: 1975-3

Media Info

  • Pagination: 45 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00099186
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-DC-06-0091-75-1Final Rpt.
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 27 2003 12:00AM