Rail Transit, one of the safest modes of transporting people, will carry more and more passengers in the next decade as metropolitan areas expand transit facilities to offset combustion engine pollution and automobile congestion. This paper discusses the need for system safety emphasis in this expansion, who must contrubute, and a manufacturer's approach to fulfilling his responsibility in the effort. A summary of current and anticipated transit systems in areas such as New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago and San Francisco is given for background. Then the roles of the passenger, transit authorities, manufacturers, government and public in enhancing the safety of these systems is postulated. Within this framework wht author's approach to conducting an effective yet practical application of system safety in car building is described. The basic elements include: 1) judicious combination of management and technical resources, 2) qualitative hazard identification, criticality ranking, and reduction efforts, 3) design reviews (broad perspective) 4) manufacturing practices (quality), 5) awareness, training and credibility, and 6) accident data feedback. However, in the end, a minimum risk transit system depends on the cooperation and contribution of owners, builders, passengers and the public. /Author/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Human Factors Society

    Pretoria South Africa
    ,   United States 

    Human Factors Society

    1134 Montana
    Santa Monica, CA  United States  90403
  • Authors:
    • MacMonagle, L L
  • Conference:
  • Publication Date: 1973-10

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 483-496
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 17

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00099009
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 5 1981 12:00AM